Meaning of counterirritant

coun•ter•ir•ri•tant

Pronunciation: (koun"tur-ir'i-tunt), [key]
— n.
  1. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures.
  2. any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another.
—adj.
  1. of or acting as a counterirritant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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