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Definition of astringent:

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

Synonyms:

acerbic, mordacious, styptic, acid, vitriolic, attack, sulfurous, sharp, acerb, acidic, pungent, hemostatic, scathing, mordant, bitter, biting, astringent drug, corrosive, acrid, trenchant, stinging, respect, truculent, sour, sulphurous, blistering, virulent, slashing.

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