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Pronunciation:  u'strinjunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  2. [adj]  tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue; "astringent cosmetic lotions"
  3. [adj]  sour or bitter in taste

ASTRINGENT is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acerb, acerbic, astringent drug, hemostatic, sharp, sour, styptic, styptic
 Antonyms: nonastringent
 See Also: alum, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. Stern; austere; as, an astringent type of virtue.
  2. \As*trin"gent\, n.
    A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in
    the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood,
    mucus, etc.
          External astringents are called styptics. --Dunglison.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Any substance or agent that causes tissues to contract or that inhibits secretion of fluids such as mucus or blood.
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