Definitions

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

  • adj. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
  • adj. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
  • n. A styptic drug or substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bringing about contraction of tissues, especially to stop bleeding
  • n. A substance used for styptic results.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing contraction; stopping bleeding; having the quality of restraining hemorrhage when applied to the bleeding part; astringent.
  • n. A styptic medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Astringent; oonstrictive; binding.
  • Having the quality of checking hemorrhage or bleeding; stanching.
  • n. An astringent; something causing constriction or constraint.
  • n. A substance employed to check a flow of blood by application to the bleeding orifice or surface.

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

  • n. a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  • adj. tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels

Etymologies

Middle English stiptik, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stȳpticus, from Greek stūptikos, from stūphein, to contract.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stypticus, from Ancient Greek στυπτικός (stuptikos), from στύφειν (stuphein, "to contract"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Yep. Similar to what people do for pet birds.

    October 22, 2008

  • We kept styptic powder on hand for the (fortunately rare) occasions when we trimmed our guinea pigs' nails. (If you cut a little too far, it nicks the blood vessel inside the nail.)

    October 22, 2008

  • To be sure, I shall break a vessel: there's no doubt of that; and a bottle of Eaton's styptic shall be sent for; but no doctor.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 15, 2007

  • I think styptic pencils are made of anhydrous aluminum sulfate, which causes blood vessel constriction where you apply it. The ones I remember looked like small pieces of chalk. :-)

    June 22, 2007

  • I have read about these, but always wondered how they worked.

    June 22, 2007

  • It sounds cool, I probably wouldn't ever be able to use it, but it has a nice ring to it.

    June 22, 2007

  • I know, this word is cool - it's like a cross between cryptic and stygian.

    June 21, 2007

  • lovely word which surfaces occassionally in my brain--when I was a child, my father used a styptic pencil when he cut himself shaving. Haven't heard much talk of styptic pencils lately. . .

    June 15, 2007