Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. Medicine Tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic.
2. Sharp and penetrating; pungent or severe: astringent remarks.
A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues and is effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.
[Latin astringēns, astringent-, present participle of astringere, to bind fast : ad-, ad- + stringere, to bind; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||astringency - a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker|
|2.||astringency - the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids|
contractility - the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter