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Medicine. Binding; drying; constricting; specifically tending to halt or prevent the flow of body fluids, especially blood or diarrhoea. Compare "astringent". Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Hall (1529–1568/9), surgeon and author. From classical Latin restringent-, restringēns, present participle of restringere restringe. Compare French restringent, adjective, noun, Catalan restringent, adjective, Spanish † restringente, adjective and noun. Compare slightly earlier restringitive and restringing.
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