adjective Also styp·ti·cal.

serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
serving to check hemorrhage or bleeding, as a drug; hemostatic.


a styptic agent or substance.

Origin of styptic

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin stȳpticus < Greek stȳpikós contractile, equivalent to stȳp- (see stypsis) + -tikos -tic
Related formsstyp·tic·i·ty [stip-tis-i-tee] /stɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/, styp·ti·cal·ness, nounnon·styp·tic, adjectivenon·styp·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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contracting the blood vessels or tissues


a styptic drug
Derived Formsstypticity (stɪpˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for styptic

C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis
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Word Origin and History for styptic

c.1400, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stypticus "astringent," from Greek styptikos, from styphein "to constrict, draw together." Spelling influenced by Latin and Greek words.

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styptic in Medicine




Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.


A styptic drug or substance.
Related formsstyp•tici•ty (-tĭsĭ-tē) n.
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