from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Medicine Tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic.
  • adjective Sharp and penetrating; pungent or severe.
  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • Binding; contracting; constrictive; styptic.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Formerly also adstringent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; -- opposed to laxative
  • adjective Stern; austere.
  • noun A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood, mucus, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A substance which draws tissue together, thus restricting the flow of blood.
  • adjective Sharp, caustic, severe.
  • adjective medicine Having the effect of drawing tissue together; styptic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective sour or bitter in taste
  • noun a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  • adjective tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin astringēns, astringent-, present participle of astringere, to bind fast : ad-, ad- + stringere, to bind; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]


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