Definition of styptic in English:


Line breaks: styp|tic
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪptɪk


(Of a substance) capable of causing bleeding to stop when it is applied to a wound.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • In the event that too ambitious trimming results in bleeding, styptic powder should be applied to the wounded nail.
  • 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.


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A styptic substance.
More example sentences
  • 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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