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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of astringere 'to tie tightly', from ad- 'to' + stringere ( STRINGENT)

astringent

1 adjective
     
as‧trin‧gent1
1DCBMH an astringent liquid is able to make your skin less oily or stop a wound from bleeding
2 criticizing someone very severely:
astringent remarks
3 having a sharp acid taste
astringency noun [uncountable]
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