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ASTRINGENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does astringent mean? 

ASTRINGENT (noun)
  The noun ASTRINGENT has 1 sense:

1. a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals

  Familiarity information: ASTRINGENT used as a noun is very rare.


ASTRINGENT (adjective)
  The adjective ASTRINGENT has 2 senses:

1. sour or bitter in taste
2. tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

  Familiarity information: ASTRINGENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASTRINGENT (noun)


Sense 1astringent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

astringent; astringent drug; styptic

Hypernyms ("astringent" is a kind of...):

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "astringent"):

alum (a double sulphate of aluminum and potassium that is used as an astringent (among other things))


ASTRINGENT (adjective)


Sense 1astringent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sour or bitter in taste

Synonyms:

acerb; acerbic; astringent

Similar:

sour (having a sharp biting taste)


Sense 2astringent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

Context example:

astringent cosmetic lotions

Similar:

hemostatic; styptic (tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels)

Attribute:

astringency; stypsis (the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids)

Antonym:

nonastringent (not astringent)


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