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1astringent

adjective as·trin·gent \-jənt\

medical : causing body tissues (such as skin) to tighten

: having a sharp or bitter quality

: very critical in a sharp and often clever way

Full Definition of ASTRINGENT

1
:  causing contraction of soft organic tissues :  styptic, puckery <astringent lotions> <an astringent fruit>
2
:  suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue :  rigidly severe :  austere <dry astringent comments>; also :  pungent, caustic
as·trin·gent·ly adverb
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Examples of ASTRINGENT

  1. an astringent critic of modern movies

Origin of ASTRINGENT

probably from Middle French, from Latin astringent-, astringens, present participle of astringere to bind fast, from ad- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain
First Known Use: 1541

2astringent

noun

Definition of ASTRINGENT

:  an astringent agent or substance

First Known Use of ASTRINGENT

1626

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with ASTRINGENT

ASTRINGENTLY Defined for Kids

astringent

noun as·trin·gent \ə-ˈstrin-jənt\

Definition of ASTRINGENT for Kids

:  a substance that is able to shrink or tighten body tissues
astringent adjective <an astringent skin lotion>

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