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[uh-strikt] /əˈstrɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to bind fast; constrain.
to bind morally or legally.
Origin of astrict
1505-15; < Latin astrīctus drawn together, bound, tightened (past participle of astringere), equivalent to a- a-5 + strig- (variant stem of stringere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix. See astringe
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astriction, noun Unabridged
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(transitive) (archaic) to bind, confine, or constrict
Derived Forms
astriction, noun
astrictive, adjective
astrictively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin astrictus drawn closely together, from astringere to lighten, from stringere to bind
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Word Origin and History for astriction

1560s, from Latin astrictionem (nominative astrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of astringere (see astringent).

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astriction in Medicine

astriction as·tric·tion (ə-strĭk'shən)

  1. Astringent action.

  2. Compression to arrest hemorrhage.

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