styptic

[stip-tik]
adjective Also, styptical.
1.
serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
2.
serving to check hemorrhage or bleeding, as a drug; hemostatic.
noun
3.
a styptic agent or substance.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin stȳpticus < Greek stȳpikós contractile, equivalent to stȳp- (see stypsis) + -tikos -tic

stypticity [stip-tis-i-tee] , stypticalness, noun
nonstyptic, adjective
nonstyptical, adjective
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styptic (ˈstɪptɪk)
 
adj
1.  contracting the blood vessels or tissues
 
n
2.  a styptic drug
 
[C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis]
 
stypticity
 
n

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styptic
c.1400, from O.Fr. stiptique, from L. stypticus "astringent," from Gk. styptikos, from styphein "to constrict, draw together." Spelling influenced by L. and Gk. words.
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styptic styp·tic (stĭp'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.

  2. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.

n.
A styptic drug or substance.
styp·tic'i·ty (-tĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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Example sentences
Juice of the petioles is styptic and was used to arrest arterial hemorrhage.
Macerated leaves are said to be styptic and to remove freckles.
Allowing the use or possession on the work premises of styptic pencils, lump
  alum, or powder puffs.
Styptic pencil and lump alum are positively prohibited.
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