irritability Definition

the tendency to become easily annoyed or agitated.

Using irritability: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "irritability" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her irritability made it difficult to work with her.

  • Example

    The medication can cause irritability as a side effect.

  • Example

    He has been struggling with irritability and mood swings lately.

irritability Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for irritability

Phrases with irritability

  • emotional irritability

    a state of being easily provoked or agitated, often associated with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression


    Her emotional irritability was a symptom of her anxiety disorder.

  • intestinal irritability

    a condition characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel movements, often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


    His intestinal irritability was diagnosed as IBS by his doctor.

  • the ability of muscles to respond to stimuli, often used in medical contexts to describe muscle function


    The patient's muscular irritability was tested by the doctor.


Summary: irritability in Brief

The term 'irritability' [ˌɪrɪtəˈbɪlɪti] refers to the tendency to become easily annoyed or agitated. It can be caused by various factors, including mental health conditions and medication side effects. 'Emotional irritability,' 'intestinal irritability,' and 'muscular irritability' are specific types of irritability that are used in medical contexts.

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