The definition of astringent refers to a material that will cause body tissues to shrink, and helps to control bleeding and secretions.(noun)
A cosmetic that will clean your skin and close your pores is an example of an astringent.
See astringent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L astringens, prp. of stringere, to contract < ad-, to + stringere, draw tight: see strict
See astringent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin astringēns, astringent-
Origin: , present participle of astringere, to bind fast
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + stringere, to bind; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
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