- 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
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Examples from the Web for styptic
They should be non-irritating, antiseptic, and styptic, at the same time.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Again the flow of words is checked by the styptic previously applied.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
Name from , blood; perhaps from the styptic properties of some species.
Dr Todd says, that in all cases of internal hmorrhage, or hmorrhagic tendency, it is the best astringent or styptic we possess.
I was well already, on taking the styptic from her dear hands.Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)
- contracting the blood vessels or tissues
- a styptic drug
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
- Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
- A styptic drug or substance.
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