SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective . Medicine/Medical contracting; constrictive; styptic. harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism. stern or severe; austere. sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit. noun . Medicine/Medical a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood. a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores. Origin of astringent 1535–45;
) present participle of
-ent Related forms as·trin·gen·cy, noun as·trin·gent·ly, adverb non·as·trin·gen·cy, noun non·as·trin·gent, adjective non·as·trin·gent·ly, adverb
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The wood is of an
astringent nature, and if put into vinegar makes it stronger.
As this is an
astringent, the doses must be proportioned accordingly, and the mixture is wholesome only while it remains sweet.
Hard water possesses an
astringent quality, which prevents the goodness of the malt from being freely communicated to the liquor.
After the harsh,
astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.
Both root and flower are
astringent and are given for dysentery. British Dictionary definitions for astringent adjective severe; harsh sharp or invigorating causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic noun an astringent drug or lotion Derived Forms astringency or astringence, noun astringently, adverb Word Origin for astringent
C16: from Latin
astringēns drawing together; see astrict
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Word Origin and History for astringent adj.
1540s, from Latin
astringentum (nominative astringens), present participle of astringere "to bind fast, tighten, contract," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)). As a noun from 1620s.
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adj. Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding. 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. Related forms as•trin ′gen•cy n.
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A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues, resulting in decreased flow of blood or other secretions.
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