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Definition of "styptic" [styp•tic]

  • Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent. (adjective)
  • Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic. (adjective)
  • A styptic drug or substance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "styptic" in a sentence
  • "Makes sense, I suppose, since it's also used in styptic pencils. bullfroghrr"
  • "Smaller than this Common Burnet is the Salad Burnet, _Poterium sanguisorba, quod sanguineos fluxus sistat_, a useful [431] styptic, which is also cordial, and promotes perspiration."
  • "The Low Latin equivalent of the Arabic _tubb [= a] q_ "styptic," is _bitumen_, whence"