Ir`ri*ta*bil"i*ty(?), n. [L. irritabilitas: cf. F. irritabilit.]
1. The state or quality of being irritable; quick excitability; petulance; fretfulness; as,
irritability of temper.
(Physiol.) A natural susceptibility, characteristic of all living organisms, tissues, and cells, to the influence of certain stimuli, response being manifested in a variety of ways, -- as that quality in plants by which they exhibit motion under suitable stimulation; esp., the property which living muscle possesses, of responding either to a direct stimulus of its substance, or to the stimulating influence of its nerve fibers, the response being indicated by a change of form, or contraction; contractility.
(Med.) A condition of morbid excitability of an organ or part of the body; undue susceptibility to the influence of stimuli. See Irritation,
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