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
You can also wipe your palms with cotton balls dipped in astringent, to remove unwanted body oils.
A far better film on a similar subject, and more astringent, is Shadow of A Doubt.
This ceremony is still practised occasionally in India, and Dr. Hang has tasted this sacred beverage, which he describes as astringent, bitter, intoxicating, and very disagreeable. [
However oily your skin is, I would not recommend you to use skin tonic containing alcohol (often called astringent).
In close connection with this fact there stands also the so-called astringent effect of the milieu upon the individuals who are incapable of rising out of their environment, of stepping out of it.
Besides, when I'm prattling on about blueberries and cedar, it's always good to hear Kate's input, which invariably ranges from "astringent," to "I like that one," to "which is the most expensive?"
When I want to be fancy by having extra glow, I start with #1 (just for the fun tingly bits), and do the following: 2. Out of shower, I use a gentle "astringent" (they don't call it that) - Chantecaille's Rosewater.
Eat a little of this quince-pie; it is very proper and convenient for the shutting up of the orifice of the ventricle of the stomach, because of a kind of astringent stypticity which is in that sort of fruit, and is helpful to the first concoction.
Casually dropping the word "astringent" belies skincare knowledge, setting off warning bells that perhaps this counselor is guiltier than he lets on.
He remembered the way her skin had smelled sharply of astringent, and the brightness that had come into her eyes when he looped her in his arms.