styptic pencil


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styptic pencil

n.
A short medicated stick, often of alum, applied to a cut to check bleeding.
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If you accidentally cut the quick, blot the area with a cotton ball or tissue until the bleeding stops or dab the area with a styptic pencil or corn starch, which will immediately stem the flow of blood.
Add to that list Seal-On blotters, a high-tech alternative to the venerable styptic pencil that is the brainchild of an Irish biopharmaceutical research and development company.
When we use this word metaphorically, we refer neither to writing element nor to function, but to form alone; we speak of a pencil of light, or a styptic pencil.