urtication

NOUN
  1. a sensation of having been stung by nettles
  2. an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
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How To Use urtication In A Sentence

  • Caterpillar urtications can cause severe allergic responses and even death in some people, so - as we said - better not to handle hairy caterpillars unless you know they are harmless varieties.
  • In some but not all patients this was accompanied by diminution of urtication in response to cooling.
  • Roman soldiers used urtication, or external stinging, to relieve the pain of arthritis.
  • The exact scientific mechanism by which urtication works is still unclear.
  • I believe that it is also true to say that, whilst urtication can be very effective in the short-tern, in the long-term actually eating the nettles is going to have a more beneficial effect.
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