astringent


1as·trin·gent

adjective \-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

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

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Rhymes with ASTRINGENT

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