One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a substance) capable of causing bleeding to stop when it is applied to a wound.
constricting, contracting, constrictive, constringentView synonyms
- ‘Have some styptic powder handy to apply to the nail if you cut the quick and it begins to bleed.’
- ‘Her set ended abruptly when she sang her last lyric and stomped offstage, knocking over her microphone with the neck of her guitar in a final, styptic clang.’
- ‘I did dog rescue work for 13 years and one of the vets we use suggested that when we trim the dogs nails that we trim them just a bit shorter than you are supposed to and apply styptic powder.’
- ‘If you're tired of bleeding from shaving, try this unique styptic gel formula from Proraso.’
- ‘In the event that too ambitious trimming results in bleeding, styptic powder should be applied to the wounded nail.’
- ‘Most people keep some styptic powder (available at pet stores) on hand to cauterize the bleeding if necessary.’
A styptic substance.
- ‘Upon finding the styptic and bandage, Sautrem concluded the minor operation on his right shoulder.’
- ‘She used disinfectant first, then styptic to help stop the bleeding, and then she applied bandages.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek stuptikos, from stuphein ‘to contract’.
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