Definitions for: Astringency


[n] the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids
[n] a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker



Webster (1913) Definition: As*trin"gen*cy ([a^]s*tr[i^]n"jen*s[y^]), n.
The quality of being astringent; the power of contracting the
parts of the body; that quality in medicines or other
substances which causes contraction of the organic textures;
as, the astringency of tannin.

Synonyms: astringence, stypsis

See Also: contractility, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

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