Meaning of “astringent” in the English Dictionary

"astringent" in British English

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astringentnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/

a drug or cream that causes the skin or other tissue to tighten:

You can use an astringent to make your skin less oily.

astringentadjective

uk /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/

astringent adjective (MEDICINE)

An astringent substance causes the skin or other tissue to tighten:

an astringent cream

astringent adjective (SEVERE)

Astringent remarks are clever but unkind or criticize someone:

astringent criticism
her astringent wit
astringently
adverb uk /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt.li/ us /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt.li/
astringency
noun [ U ] uk /əˈstrɪn.dʒən.si/ us /əˈstrɪn.dʒən.si/

(Definition of “astringent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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