from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Medicine Tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic.
- adj. Sharp and penetrating; pungent or severe: astringent remarks.
- n. A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues and is effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A substance which draws tissue together, thus restricting the flow of blood.
- adj. Sharp, caustic, severe.
- adj. Having the effect of drawing tissue together; styptic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; -- opposed to
- adj. Stern; austere.
- n. A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood, mucus, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Binding; contracting; constrictive; styptic.
- n. A substance which contracts the tissues and canals of the body, condensing the soft solids, and thereby checking or diminishing excessive discharges, as of blood.
- n. Formerly also adstringent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. sour or bitter in taste
- n. a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
- adj. tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
Latin astringēns, astringent-, present participle of astringere, to bind fast : ad-, ad- + stringere, to bind; see streig- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)