astringency

astringent

[uh-strin-juhnt]
adjective
1.
Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.
2.
harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.
3.
stern or severe; austere.
4.
sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit.
noun
5.
Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood.
6.
a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin astringent- (stem of astringēns) present participle of astringere to astringe; see -ent

astringency, noun
astringently, adverb
nonastringency, noun
nonastringent, adjective
nonastringently, adverb


2, 3. sharp, harsh, rigorous. See acid.
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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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astringent
1540s, from L. astringentum (nom. astringens), prp. of astringere "to bind fast, tighten, contract," from ad- "to" + stringere "draw tight" (see strain (v.)).
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astringent as·trin·gent (ə-strĭn'jənt)
adj.
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.


as·trin'gen·cy n.
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astringent   (ə-strĭn'jənt)  Pronunciation Key 
A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues, resulting in decreased flow of blood or other secretions.
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