Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.
harshly biting; caustic:
his astringent criticism.
stern or severe; austere.
sharply incisive; pungent:
Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood.
a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.
These protagonists want something just out of reach, and end up being the unintentional authors of their own astringent tragedies.
Chinelo Okparanta: Champion of the Stifled Mythili Rao August 18, 2013
And yet, there was always an astringent, bleakly humorous honesty to the man.
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Henry Ford Richard Snow May 13, 2013
astringent fomentations; as an infusion of oak-bark, or a slight solution of alum.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
The wood is of an astringent nature, and if put into vinegar makes it stronger.
The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant.
Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
As this is an astringent, the doses must be proportioned accordingly, and the mixture is wholesome only while it remains sweet.
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
Styptic, stip′tik, adj. drawing together: astringent: that stops bleeding.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various
After the harsh, astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.
The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
Imported grafted stock will take from our soil those elements which make an astringent, tough, insipid nut.
Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting Northern Nut Growers Association
When the skin is pale, lax, and wrinkled, astringent washes may be used.
The Ladies Book of Useful Information Anonymous
sharp or invigorating
causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic
an astringent drug or lotion
1540s, from Latin astringentum (nominative astringens), present participle of astringere “to bind fast, tighten, contract,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + stringere “draw tight” (see strain (v.)). As a noun from 1620s.
astringent as·trin·gent (ə-strĭn’jənt)
Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding. n.
A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues and is effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.
A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues, resulting in decreased flow of blood or other secretions.
a person who trains and flies short-winged hawks, as the goshawk.
the science dealing with the application of to astronautics.
a combining form with the meaning “pertaining to stars or celestial bodies, or to activities, as spaceflight, taking place outside the earth’s atmosphere,” used in the formation of compound words: astronautics; astrophotography. Historical Examples Tom was quiet for a moment, and then added, “Same here, astro.” Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell “The astro One […]
a transparent on top of the fuselage of an aircraft, through which observations are made for celestial navigation. Contemporary Examples “This is all we live for,” Tuff Hedeman was saying on the astrodome floor, far removed from Willie and his friends. The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy Peter Richmond May 10, 2014 Yet at least […]