astringent


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Astringent \As*trin"gent\ (-jent), a. [L. astringens, p. pr. of
   astringere: cf. F. astringent. See Astringe.]
   1. Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; --
      opposed to laxative; as, astringent medicines; a butter
      and astringent taste; astringent fruit.
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   2. Stern; austere; as, an astringent type of virtue.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Astringent \As*trin"gent\, n.
   A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in
   the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood,
   mucus, etc.
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         External astringents are called styptics. --Dunglison.
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