astringent

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astringent
  • noun
    An astringent lotion applied to the skin to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions or as a cosmetic to make the skin less oily. (Alcohol-based astringents and toners can make skin even drier.)
    adjective
    Causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues. (an astringent skin lotion)
    (of taste or smell) slightly acidic or bitter.
    Sharp or severe in manner or style. (his subversive and astringent humor)

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