styptic pencil


noun

a pencil-shaped stick of a paste containing alum or a similar styptic agent, used to stanch the bleeding of minor cuts.

Nearby words

  1. stymphalian birds,
  2. stymy,
  3. stype,
  4. stypsis,
  5. styptic,
  6. stypticity,
  7. styr,
  8. styracaceous,
  9. styralyl acetate,
  10. styrax

Origin of styptic pencil

First recorded in 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for styptic pencil

styptic pencil

noun

a styptic agent in the form of a small stick, for application to razor nicks, etc
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Medicine definitions for styptic pencil

styptic pencil

n.

A short medicated stick, often of alum, applied to a cut to check bleeding.

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