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1. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
2. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
A styptic drug or substance.
[Middle English stiptik, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stȳpticus, from Greek stūptikos, from stūphein, to contract.]
styp·tic′i·ty (-tĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
(Medicine) contracting the blood vessels or tissues
(Pharmacology) a styptic drug
[C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis]
adj. Also, styp′ti•cal.
1. serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
2. serving to check hemorrhage or bleeding, as a drug; hemostatic.n.
3. a styptic agent or substance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin stȳpticus < Greek stȳptikós astringent <styphein to contract]
styp•tic′i•ty (-ˈtɪs ɪ ti) n.
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|Noun||1.||styptic - a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals|
alum - a double sulphate of aluminum and potassium that is used as an astringent (among other things)
|Adj.||1.||styptic - tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels|
astringent - tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue; "astringent cosmetic lotions"