ASTRING'ENT, a. Binding; contracting; strengthening; opposed to laxative. ASTRING'ENT, n. a medicine which binds or contracts the parts of the body to which it is applied, restrains profuse discharges, coagulates animal fluids, condenses and strengthens the solids. Modern practice inclines to the use of astringent, for internal applications, and styptic, for external.
I. adjectiveEtymology: probably from Middle French, from Latin astringent-, astringens, present participle of astringere to bind fast, from ad- + stringere to bind tight — more at strainDate: 1541 1. causing contraction of soft organic tissues ;styptic, puckery<astringent lotions> <an astringent fruit> 2. suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue ; rigidly severe ;austere<dry astringent comments>; alsopungent, caustic • astringentlyadverbII. nounDate: 1626 an astringent agent or substance
adj. & n. --adj. 1 causing the contraction of body tissues. 2 checking bleeding. 3 severe, austere. --n. an astringent substance or drug. Derivatives: astringency n. astringently adv. Etymology: F f. L astringere (as AD-, stringere bind)
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.
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.