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Adjective: astringent  u'strin-junt
  1. Sour or bitter in taste
    - acerb, acerbic
  2. Tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
    "astringent cosmetic lotions"
Noun: astringent  u'strin-junt
  1. A drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
    - astringent drug, styptic

Derived forms: astringents

See also: astringency, haemostatic [Brit, Cdn], hemostatic [N. Amer], sour, stypsis, styptic

Type of: medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine

Antonym: nonastringent

Encyclopedia: Astringent