Definition of Alcian blue in English:

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Alcian blue

Pronunciation: /ˌalsēən ˈblo͞o/

noun

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A water-soluble copper-containing blue dye used as a histological stain for glycosaminoglycans.
Example sentences
  • Staining was performed with Alcian blue van Gieson, hematoxylin and eosin, and Alcian blue or safranin O or both.
  • Slides from each subject were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and Alcian blue / periodic acid-Schiff for histologic evaluation.
  • Sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin, Alcian blue, Masson's trichrome, van Gieson, and periodic acid-Schiff stains.

Origin

1940s: Alcian perhaps from (phth)al(o)cyan(ine) with a phonetic respelling.

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Syllabification: Al·ci·an blue

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