Complete Definition of "styptic"

English
Etymology
From L. stypticus, from AGr. polytonic|στυπτικός, from polytonic|στύφειν ‘to contract’.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈstɪptɪk/

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Bringing about contraction of tissues, especially to stop bleeding

#*1973: Nicholas Monsarrat, The Kapillan of Malta
#:The growth on top was a scrubby plant, unknown anywhere else on Malta, which was believed to have styptic qualities – it could staunch bleeding when packed on top of a wound

Noun
en-noun

  1. A substance used for styptic results.

#*1876: Henry Beasley, The Book of Prescriptions
#*:The powdered gum with resin is used as a styptic; and the mucilage has been recommended as an application to burns.
#*1889: John Barclay Biddle, Materia Medica and Therapeutics: For Physicians and Students
#*:Externally, it is applied as a styptic, and in solution, of various strengths, as an astringent.
#*1990: A. L. Tommie Bass et al., Herbal Medicine Past and Present
#*:Knowledge of puffball's use as a styptic and for hemorrhoids reached Bass through the popular tradition.

Derived terms
styptic pencil

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