(countable and uncountable, plural irritabilities)
- The state or quality of being irritable; quick excitability; petulance; fretfulness; as, irritability of temper.
- (physiology) A natural susceptibility, characteristic of all living organisms, tissues, and cells, to the influence of certain stimuli, response being manifested in a variety of ways.
- (medicine) A condition of morbid excitability of an organ or part of the body; undue susceptibility to the influence of stimuli.
From Latin irritabilitas.
Variant of irritable
- easily annoyed or provoked; fretful
- Med. excessively or pathologically sensitive to a stimulus
- Physiol. able to respond to a stimulus
Origin of irritableClassical Latin irritabilis ; from irritare, to irritate