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styptic

[stip-tik] /ˈstɪp tɪk/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin stȳpticus < Greek stȳpikós contractile, equivalent to stȳp- (see stypsis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
stypticity
[stip-tis-i-tee] /stɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
stypticalness, noun
nonstyptic, adjective
nonstyptical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for styptical

styptic

/ˈstɪptɪk/
adjective
1.
contracting the blood vessels or tissues
noun
2.
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 styptical
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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styptical in Medicine

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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