Definition of Irritable

1. Adjective. Easily irritated or annoyed. "Not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"




2. Adjective. Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.
Category relationships: Pathology
Similar to: Sensitive
Derivative terms: Irritability

3. Adjective. Capable of responding to stimuli.
Exact synonyms: Excitable
Category relationships: Physiology
Similar to: Sensitive

Definition of Irritable

1. a. Capable of being irritated.

Definition of Irritable

1. Adjective. Capable of being irritated. ¹

2. Adjective. Easily exasperated or excited. ¹

3. Adjective. Responsive to stimuli. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Irritable

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Irritable

1. 1. Capable of being irriated. 2. Very susceptible of anger or passion; easily inflamed or exasperated; as, an irritable temper. "Vicious, old, and irritable." (Tennyson) 3. Endowed with irritability; susceptible of irritation; capable of being excited to action by the application of certain stimuli. 4. Susceptible of irritation; unduly sensitive to irritants or stimuli. See Irritation. Synonym: Excitable, irascible, touchy, fretful, peevish. Origin: L. Irritabilis: cf. F. Irritable. See Irritate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Irritable

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irrigating
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irrigational
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irrigators
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irrisible
irrision
irrisions
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irritabilities
irritability
irritable (current term)
irritable bowel disease
irritable bowel syndrome
irritable breast
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irritable heart
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Literary usage of Irritable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1888)
"irritable Nose.—At a meeting of the Chicago Medical Society Dr. Henry Gradle ... The affection, otherwise called irritable nose, is a condition of morbid ..."

2. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"irritable Bladder.—This name has been applied to states of In bladder, ... But the affection to which the name of irritable bladder should be Mi- fined, ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1862)
"HENRY THOMPSON, Esq., highly extols an infusion of Triticum repens in irritable conditions of the bladder. The form ho has adopted for administering the ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Women by Theodore Gaillard Thomas (1880)
"irritable Urethral Caruncle. This affection has, likewise, received the names of vascular tumor, and irritable vascular excrescence of the urethra. ..."

5. Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants by William Roscoe Thayer (1917)
"Importance of an "irritable sense of honor" Whoever attacks the honor of a State even in externals, thereby impugns the essential character of the State. ..."

6. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1888)
"irritable Nose.—At a meeting of the Chicago Medical Society Dr. Henry Gradle ... The affection, otherwise called irritable nose, is a condition of morbid ..."

7. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"irritable Bladder.—This name has been applied to states of In bladder, ... But the affection to which the name of irritable bladder should be Mi- fined, ..."

8. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1862)
"HENRY THOMPSON, Esq., highly extols an infusion of Triticum repens in irritable conditions of the bladder. The form ho has adopted for administering the ..."

9. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Women by Theodore Gaillard Thomas (1880)
"irritable Urethral Caruncle. This affection has, likewise, received the names of vascular tumor, and irritable vascular excrescence of the urethra. ..."

10. Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants by William Roscoe Thayer (1917)
"Importance of an "irritable sense of honor" Whoever attacks the honor of a State even in externals, thereby impugns the essential character of the State. ..."

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