urticate


urticate

urticate [ur-ti-keyt] Word Origin verb (used with object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

  1. to sting with or as if with nettles.
  2. to whip with or as if with nettles, especially so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash.

verb (used without object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

  1. to sting in the manner of a nettle.

Origin of urticate 1835–45; Medieval Latin urtīcātus (past participle of urtīcāre to sting), equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -ātus -ate1 British Dictionary definitions for urticate urticate adjective

  1. Also: urticant (ˈɜːtɪkənt) characterized by the presence of weals

verb

  1. to perform urtication

Word Origin for urticate C19: from Medieval Latin urtīcāre to sting, from Latin urtīca a nettle urticate in Medicine urticate [ûr′tĭ-kāt′] v.

  1. To undergo urtication.

adj.

  1. Characterized by the presence of urticaria.

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