- 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
Examples from the Web for styptic
Historical Examples of 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
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.
- Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
- Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
- A styptic drug or substance.