Definition of astringent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈstrɪndʒənt//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈstrɪndʒənt//
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a liquid or cream used in cosmetics or medicine to make the skin less oily or to stop the loss of blood from a cut Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, from Latin astringent- ‘pulling tight’, from the verb astringere, from ad- ‘towards’ + stringere ‘bind, pull tight’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: astringent

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