Definition of haematoxylin in English:

haematoxylin

Line breaks: haema|toxy¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˌhiːməˈtɒksɪlɪn
 
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(US hematoxylin)

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A colourless compound present in logwood, which is easily converted into blue, red, or purple dyes and is used as a biological stain.
    • A phenol; chemical formula: C16H14O6
    More example sentences
    • Inactive DNA is readily stained with hematoxylin, toluidine blue, and other similar basic dyes.
    • Tissues are stained in aqueous hematoxylin after mordanting in iron ammonium sulfate (iron alum).
    • Eight randomly selected sites from each inflation-fixed right lung were embedded in paraffin, and sections were cut for hematoxylin and eosin staining.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Haematoxylum (genus name), from haemato- 'of blood' + Greek xulon 'wood'.

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