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astringent


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astringent  \As*trin"gent\  (-jent),  a.  [L.  astringens  p.  pr  of 
  astringere:  cf  F.  astringent.  See  {Astringe}.] 
  1.  Drawing  together  the  tissues;  binding;  contracting;  -- 
  opposed  to  {laxative};  as  astringent  medicines;  a  butter 
  and  astringent  taste;  astringent  fruit. 
 
  2.  Stern;  austere;  as  an  astringent  type  of  virtue. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astringent  \As*trin"gent\,  n. 
  A  medicine  or  other  substance  that  produces  contraction  in 
  the  soft  organic  textures,  and  checks  discharges  of  blood, 
  mucus,  etc 
 
  External  astringents  are  called  styptics.  --Dunglison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astringent 
  adj  1:  sour  or  bitter  in  taste  [syn:  {acerb},  {acerbic},  {sharp}] 
  2:  tending  to  draw  together  or  constrict  soft  organic  tissue; 
  "astringent  cosmetic  lotions"  [ant:  {nonastringent}] 
  n  :  a  drug  that  causes  contraction  of  body  tissues  and  canals 
  [syn:  {astringent  drug},  {styptic}] 




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