[ uh-strin-juhnt ]
/ əˈstrɪn dʒənt /


Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.
harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.
stern or severe; austere.
sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit.


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.


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Origin of astringent

1535–45; < Latin astringent- (stem of astringēns) present participle of astringere to astringe; see -ent

SYNONYMS FOR astringent

synonym study for astringent

2, 4. See acid.

OTHER WORDS FROM astringent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for non-astringent

  • 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

/ (əˈstrɪndʒənt) /


severe; harsh
sharp or invigorating
causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic


an astringent drug or lotion

Derived forms of astringent

astringency or astringence, nounastringently, adverb

Word Origin for astringent

C16: from Latin astringēns drawing together; see astrict
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Medical definitions for non-astringent

[ ə-strĭnjənt ]


Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding.


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.

Other words from astringent

as•tringen•cy n.
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Scientific definitions for non-astringent

[ ə-strĭnjənt ]

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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