Meaning of “irritation” in the English Dictionary

"irritation" in British English

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irritationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌɪr.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪr.əˈteɪ.ʃən/

irritation noun [ C or U ] (SORE FEELING)

a painful or sore feeling in a part of the body:

It is an antiseptic cream suitable for minor skin irritations.
The strap had rubbed against his skin and caused irritation.

(Definition of “irritation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"irritation" in American English

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irritationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌɪr·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

irritation noun [ C/U ] (ANNOYANCE)

something that annoys you or makes you angry:

[ C ] minor irritations

irritation noun [ C/U ] (SORE)

a sore or reddened area on the skin or other part of the body:

[ C ] a skin irritation

(Definition of “irritation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)