Definition of styptic in English:

styptic

adjective

Medicine
  • (of a substance) capable of causing bleeding to stop when it is applied to a wound.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people keep some styptic powder (available at pet stores) on hand to cauterize the bleeding if necessary.’
    • ‘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.’
    constricting, contracting, constrictive, constringent, styptic
    View synonyms

noun

Medicine
  • A substance capable of stopping bleeding when applied to a wound.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek stuptikos, from stuphein to contract.

Pronunciation:

styptic

/ˈstiptik/