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nonstaining Syllabification: non·stain·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈstāniNG/

Definition of nonstaining in English:


1Not causing a stain: nonstaining modeling clay
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  • With flocks, the problem is often caused by not using a nonstaining adhesive or by using inappropriate tools when hanging.
  • The formula is nontoxic, o-ring friendly, nonstaining and will not degrade rubber or polymers.
  • Nonstaining mortars and flashing should be used with marble.
1.1Not responding to the application of a stain or dye: nonstaining cells
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  • In translocation heterozygotes of maize, segregation produces nonviable gametes and can be detected by a high frequency of nonstaining pollen.
  • Centromeres are the nonstaining primary constriction of a chromosome that separates the short arm from the long arm.
  • Nonstaining regions of the gel indicated proteinase activity.

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