astringent
I. adjective Etymology: probably from Middle French, from Latin astringent-, astringens, present participle of astringere to bind fast, from ad- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain Date: 1541 1. causing contraction of soft organic tissues ; styptic, puckery <
astringent lotions
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<
an astringent fruit
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2. suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue ; rigidly severe ; austere <
dry astringent comments
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; also pungent, causticastringently adverb II. noun Date: 1626 an astringent agent or substance

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  • astringent — astringent, ente [ astrɛ̃ʒɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • 1537; lat. astringens, de astringere « serrer » 1 ♦ Méd. Qui exerce sur les tissus vivants un resserrement. Remède astringent, lotion astringente. N. m. Les astringents (alun, tanin, quinquina,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • astringent — ASTRINGÉNT, Ă, astringenţi, te, adj., s.n. 1. adj. (Despre substanţe) Care contractează ţesuturile organismului. 2. s.n. Substanţă sau medicament folosit pentru combaterea secreţiilor organice exagerate. – Din fr. astringent, lat. astringens,… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astringent — [ə strin′jənt] adj. [L astringens, prp. of stringere, to contract < ad , to + stringere, draw tight: see STRICT] 1. that contracts body tissue and checks secretions, capillary bleeding, etc.; styptic 2. having a harsh, biting quality [an… …   English World dictionary

  • astringent — astringent, ente (a strin jan, jan t ) adj. Terme de médecine. Qui a la propriété de déterminer une sorte de crispation dans les tissus. Une substance astringente.    S. m. Les astringents. Le perchlorure de fer est un bon astringent. HISTORIQUE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • astringent — ASTRINGENT, ENTE. adj. Qui resserre. Remède astringent. Herbe astringente. Poudre astringente. [b]f♛/b] Il est quelquefois substantif. Arrêter le sang avec des astringens …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • astringent — Astringent, [astring]ente. adj. v. Qui resserre. Remede astringent. herbe astringente. poudre astringente. Il est quelquefois subst. On luy a arresté le sang avec des astringents …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • astringent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing the contraction of body tissues. 2) (of taste or smell) sharp or bitter. 3) harsh or severe. ► NOUN ▪ an astringent lotion applied for medical or cosmetic purposes. DERIVATIVES astringency noun astringently …   English terms dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] External astringents are called styptics. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astringent — I adjective acid, acrid, acrimonious, adstrictorius, austere, bitter, caustic, dour, exigent, harsh, mordant, rough, severe, stern, strict, stringent, tart II index bitter (penetrating) …   Law dictionary

  • astringent — (adj.) 1540s, from L. astringentum (nom. astringens), prp. of astringere to bind fast, tighten, contract, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + stringere draw tight (see STRAIN (Cf. strain) (v.)). As a noun from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

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