adjective Also styp·ti·cal.
- stymphalian birds,
- styptic pencil,
- styralyl acetate
Origin of styptic
Examples from the Web for styptic
Again the flow of words is checked by the styptic previously applied.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
When dipped in water the liquid assumed the properties of a styptic and a febrifuge, etc.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy|Charles John Samuel Thompson
Name from , blood; perhaps from the styptic properties of some species.
Chromic acid is obtained in quadrangular crystals, of a deep red colour; it has a very acrid and styptic taste.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
It is also largely used in the composition of crayons, in tannery, and in medicine (as an astringent and styptic).
Word Origin 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.