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[stip-tik] /ˈstɪp tɪk/
adjective, Also, styptical
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin stȳpticus < Greek stȳpikós contractile, equivalent to stȳp- (see stypsis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
[stip-tis-i-tee] /stɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
stypticalness, noun
nonstyptic, adjective
nonstyptical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for styptic
  • 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.
  • According to secondary literature sources consulted, ferric chloride is used in the dye industry and as a styptic.
  • styptic material shall be dispensed only from single use containers, then discarded after use on one customer.
  • The use of common styptic pencil or lump alum is prohibited.
British Dictionary definitions for styptic


contracting the blood vessels or tissues
a styptic drug
Derived Forms
stypticity (stɪpˈtɪsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis
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Word Origin and History 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.

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styptic in Medicine

styptic styp·tic (stĭp'tĭk)

  1. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.

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

A styptic drug or substance.
styp·tic'i·ty (-tĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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