Definition of counterirritation in English:

counterirritation

noun

  • See counterirritant

    • ‘Sterile-water injection causes a burning sensation that is much more painful than saline injection and is thought to relieve labor pain by counterirritation.’
    • ‘Studies done in the 1940s showed that the use of noxious stimuli or counterirritation could produce significant analgesic effects.’
    • ‘Rush argued for curing disease with its equivalent in the manner of homeopathy, though his concept of counterirritation was more violent.’
    • ‘This principle of counterirritation has been recognized for hundreds of years, and it still works.’
    • ‘From this point of view we can easily explain the phenomenon of counterirritation, which is partly responsible for the analgesic effect of massage therapy.’

Pronunciation

counterirritation

/kaʊnt(ə)rɪrɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/