astringence

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astringent (əˈstrɪndʒənt)
 
adj
1.  severe; harsh
2.  sharp or invigorating
3.  causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic
 
n
4.  an astringent drug or lotion
 
[C16: from Latin astringēns drawing together; see astrict]
 
as'tringency
 
n
 
as'tringence
 
n
 
as'tringently
 
adv

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astringence

noun
a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker [syn: astringency
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