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counterirritant

 [kown″ter-ir´ĭ-tant]
producing counterirritation.
an agent that so acts.

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'ter-ir'i-tant),
1. An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. Relating to or producing counterirritation. Enhances blood flow to affected area.

counterirritant

(koun′tər-îr′ĭ-tənt)
n.
An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
adj.
Of or producing the effect of such an agent.

coun′ter·ir′ri·ta′tion (-tā′shən) n.

counterirritant

A general term for any substance applied to the skin which, by acting as an irritant on a painful zone, serves to attenuate the sensation of pain; capsaicin, obtained from hot chilli peppers, is a well-known counterirritant.

counterirritant

Any substance applied to the skin–eg, capsaicin-from chili peppers—which, by acting as an irritant on a painful zone, attenuates pain sensation. See Capsaicin.

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'tĕr-ir'i-tănt)
1.An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. Relating to or producing counterirritation.

counterirritant

Anything applied to the skin to provoke a mild inflammation and relieve deeper pain either by improving the blood supply or by interfering with the passage of sensory nerve impulses.

count·er·ir·ri·tant

(kown'tĕr-ir'i-tănt)
1. An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin to relieve symptoms of a deep-seated inflammatory process.
2. An agent used to enhance blood flow to affected area.