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Noun: astringency  u'strin-jun(t)-see
  1. A sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
    - astringence
  2. The ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids
    - stypsis

Derived forms: astringencies

See also: astringent, nonastringent

Type of: contractility, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

Encyclopedia: Astringency