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Dictionary Definition

urtication

Noun

1 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 [syn: urticaria, hives, nettle rash]
2 a sensation of having been stung by nettles

Extensive Definition

The term urtication can have various meanings:
  • In medicine, urtication, or flogging with nettles, is the process of deliberately applying stinging nettles to the skin in order to provoke inflammation or rash. An agent thus used is known as a rubefacient (i.e. something that causes redness). This is done as a folk remedy for rheumatism, as it provides temporary relief from pain.
  • Urtication is also performed by BDSM practitioners who use stinging nettles for sexual stimulation.

References in popular culture

  • In the flash movie Salad Fingers, the main character finds it exceedingly pleasurable to urticate himself, especially with nettles. He uses the nettles to "make the milk drop out from inside [his] 'teat'."

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