1. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
2. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
A styptic drug or substance.
[Middle English stiptik, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stȳpticus, from Greek stūptikos, from stūphein, to contract.]
styp·tici·ty (-tĭsĭ-tē) n.
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