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astringent

as·trin·gent

astringent

 
 
pronunciation:
strIn jnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the effect of drawing together, esp. of contracting body tissues so as to stop secretions or bleeding; styptic.
She wiped the skin with an astringent solution.
definition 2: stern, harsh, or severe.
Everyone fears his astringent criticism.
similar words:
acid, acrid, vitriolic
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a substance or drug that contracts body tissue and slows discharge or secretion.
Witch hazel is an astringent.
definition 2: a cosmetic aid, used after washing the face to contract the pores.
He uses astringent on his face to battle his acne.
derivations: astringently (adv.), astringency (n.)
Word Parts
The word astringent contains the following part:
strict, string, strain Latin root that means bind, tighten