- 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.
Origin of astringent
Synonyms for astringent
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
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- severe; harsh
- sharp or invigorating
- causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic
- an astringent drug or lotion
Word Origin for astringent
C16: from Latin astringēns drawing together; see astrict
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- 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.
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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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