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What does "Astringent" mean?

Definition

(a.) Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; -- opposed to laxative; as, astringent medicines; a butter and astringent taste; astringent fruit (a.) Stern; austere; as, an astringent type of virtue (n.) A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood, mucus, etc


Synonyms sharp, acerbic, sour, acerb, styptic, hemostatic, astringent drug


Example: "Astringent cosmetic lotions"


Word Family astringently