From L. stypticus, from AGr. polytonic|ÏÏÏ
ÏÏÎ¹ÎºÏÏ, from polytonic|ÏÏÏÏÎµÎ¹Î½ âto contractâ.
- 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 â it could staunch bleeding when packed on top of a wound
- 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.