1) N-COUNT If you describe something as an irritant, you mean that it keeps annoying you. [FORMAL]

He said the issue was not a major irritant.

2) N-COUNT An irritant is a substance which causes a part of your body to itch or become sore. [FORMAL]

Many pesticides are irritants.

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