1. Having an astringent or hemostatic effect. 2. An astringent agent used topically to stop bleeding. SYN: hemostyptic. [G. styptikos, astringent]

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styp·tic 'stip-tik adj tending to check bleeding <the \styptic effect of cold> esp having the property of arresting oozing of blood (as from a shallow surface injury) when applied to a bleeding part <\styptic agent>
styptic n an agent (as a drug) having a styptic effect

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styp·tic (stipґtik) [Gr. styptikos] 1. contracting the tissues or blood vessels; used particularly to denote that arresting hemorrhage or resulting in hemostasis. 2. an agent that contracts the tissues of blood vessels.

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