- a pencil-shaped stick of a paste containing alum or a similar styptic agent, used to stanch the bleeding of minor cuts.
Origin of styptic pencil
First recorded in 1930–35
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- a styptic agent in the form of a small stick, for application to razor nicks, etc
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- A short medicated stick, often of alum, applied to a cut to check bleeding.
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