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  1. Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.
  2. harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.
  3. stern or severe; austere.
  4. sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit.
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  1. Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood.
  2. a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.
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Origin of astringent

1535–45; < Latin astringent- (stem of astringēns) present participle of astringere to astringe; see -ent
Related formsas·trin·gen·cy, nounas·trin·gent·ly, adverbnon·as·trin·gen·cy, nounnon·as·trin·gent, adjectivenon·as·trin·gent·ly, adverb


2, 3. sharp, harsh, rigorous.

Synonym study

2, 4. See acid.
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  • It is also extremely mild and non-astringent, and is always used in weak liquors.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for non-astringent


  1. severe; harsh
  2. sharp or invigorating
  3. causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic
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  1. an astringent drug or lotion
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Derived Formsastringency or astringence, nounastringently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin astringēns drawing together; see astrict
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Word Origin and History for non-astringent



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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non-astringent in Medicine


  1. Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding.
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  1. 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.
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Related formsas•tringen•cy n.
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non-astringent in Science


  1. 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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