- A substance used for styptic results.
- 1876: Henry Beasley, The Book of Prescriptions
- :The powdered gum with resin is used as a ; 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 , 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 and for hemorrhoids reached Bass through the popular tradition.
- Bringing about contraction of tissues, especially to stop bleeding
Etymology: From stypticus, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ), from (polytonic, ) "to contract".
- 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 qualities " it could staunch bleeding when packed on top of a wound
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