[ stip-tik ]
/ ˈstɪp tɪk /

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 forms

styp·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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British Dictionary definitions for styptic


/ (ˈstɪptɪk) /


contracting the blood vessels or tissues


a styptic drug

Derived Forms

stypticity (stɪpˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for styptic

C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis
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Medicine definitions for styptic


[ stĭptĭk ]


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 forms

styp•tici•ty (-tĭsĭ-tē) n.
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