A cosmetic that will clean your skin and close your pores is an example of an astringent.
- that contracts bodily tissue and checks secretions, capillary bleeding, etc.; styptic
- having a harsh, biting quality: an astringent style of writing
Origin of astringentClassical Latin astringens, present participle of astringere, to contract from ad-, to + stringere, draw tight: see strict
- Medicine Tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic.
- Sharp and penetrating; pungent or severe: astringent remarks.
Origin of astringentLatin astringēns astringent- present participle of astringere to bind fast ad- ad- stringere to bind ; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more astringent, superlative most astringent)