Definition of Astringent

1. Noun. A drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals.

Exact synonyms: Astringent Drug, Styptic
Specialized synonyms: Alum
Generic synonyms: Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug, Medicine
Derivative terms: Astringe, Astringe, Styptic



2. Adjective. Sour or bitter in taste.
Exact synonyms: Acerb, Acerbic
Similar to: Sour
Derivative terms: Acerbity, Astringence, Astringency

3. Adjective. Tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue. "Astringent cosmetic lotions"
Attributes: Astringency, Stypsis
Similar to: Hemostatic, Styptic
Derivative terms: Astringe, Astringe, Astringency
Antonyms: Nonastringent

Definition of Astringent

1. a. Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; -- opposed to laxative; as, astringent medicines; a butter and astringent taste; astringent fruit.

2. n. A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood, mucus, etc.

Definition of Astringent

1. Noun. A substance which draws tissue together, thus restricting the flow of blood. ¹

2. Adjective. Sharp, caustic, severe. ¹

3. Adjective. (medicine) Having the effect of drawing tissue together; styptic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Astringent

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Astringent

1. Causing contraction, usually locally after topical application. Origin: L. Astringens (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Astringent

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astriction
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astride
astriferous
astringe
astringed
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astringeth
astringing
astringingness
astro-
astroarchaeology
astrobabble
astroballistic
astroballistics

Literary usage of Astringent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"It has been stated that this forms. the basis of several astringent pharmaceutical preparations. We shall find that there are only three preparations ..."

2. Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1833)
"Observations on an astringent Vegetable Substance from China. ... They have the appearance of irregular vesicles, of a purely astringent flavour, ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1876)
"Salicin as an Enteric Tonic and Astringent. ... It combines," he says, " the tonic, element of quinine with strong astringent properties. ..."

4. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"It must not be forgotten that the irritant action, the astringent action, and the caustic ... The astringent action always precedes the caustic action; and, ..."

5. Practical therapeutics by Edward John Waring (1866)
"Its astringent influence is chiefly directed to mucous surfaces ; applied locally ... In this manner, it arrest« the discharge, and acts as an astringent. ..."

6. A Treatise on Pharmacy by Edward Parrish (1884)
"Astringent AND ALLIED ACIDS. These acids are widely diffused throughout the vegetable kingdom, occurring more rarely in annual plants, but are met with in ..."

7. Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and by Francis Peyre Porcher (1869)
"The leaf of the gum, when green, I have also ascertained to be powerfully astringent, and to contain as large a proportion of tannin as that of any other ..."

8. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1803)
"An Account of some Experiments and Observations on the constituent Parts of certain astringent Vegetables; and on their Operation in Tanning. ..."

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