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astringent

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adjective as·trin·gent \-jənt\

Definition of astringent

  1. 1 :  causing a tightening of soft organic tissues :  styptic

  2. 2 :  suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue :  rigidly severe :  austere dry astringent comments; also :  pungent, caustic

astringently

adverb

Examples of astringent in a Sentence

  1. an astringent critic of modern movies

Origin and Etymology 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: circa 1541


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astringent

noun as·trin·gent

Definition of astringent

  1. :  an astringent agent or substance: such asa :  a medicine for checking the discharge of mucus or serum by causing shrinkage of tissueb :  a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores

Origin and Etymology of astringent

see 1astringent


First Known Use: 1626


ASTRINGENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of astringent for English Language Learners

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

  • : having a sharp or bitter quality

  • : very critical in a sharp and often clever way


ASTRINGENT Defined for Kids

astringent

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noun as·trin·gent \ə-ˈstrin-jənt\

Definition of astringent for Students

  1. :  a substance that is able to shrink or tighten body tissues

astringent

adjective an astringent skin lotion

Medical Dictionary

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astringent

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adjective as·trin·gent \ə-ˈstrin-jənt\

Medical Definition of astringent

  1. :  having the property of causing contraction of soft organic tissues astringent cosmetic lotions:a:  tending to shrink mucous membranes or raw or exposed tissues :  checking discharge (as of serum or mucus) :  stypticb:  tending to pucker the tissues of the mouth astringent fruits

astringency

\-jən-sē\play noun plural

astringencies


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astringent

noun as·trin·gent

Medical Definition of astringent

  1. :  an astringent agent or substance


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