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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.


(ˈstɪptɪk) or


(Medicine) contracting the blood vessels or tissues
(Pharmacology) a styptic drug
[C14: via Late Latin, from Greek stuptikos capable of contracting; see stypsis]
stypticity n


(ˈstɪp tɪk)

adj. Also, styp′ti•cal.
1. serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
2. serving to check hemorrhage or bleeding, as a drug; hemostatic.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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)
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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"


A. ADJastringente
B. Nestíptico m
C. CPD styptic pencil Nlapicero m hemostático


adj effectblutstillend


[ˈstɪptɪk] adjemostatico/a
styptic pencil → matita emostatica
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