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[saf-ruh-neen, -nin] /ˈsæf rəˌnin, -nɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes, phenazine derivatives, used for dyeing wool, silk, etc.
Also called phenosafranine. a purplish-red, water-soluble dye, C 1 8 H 1 4 N 4 , used for textiles and as a stain in microscopy.
Also, safranin
[saf-ruh-nin] /ˈsæf rə nɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of safranine
1865-70; < French or German safran saffron + -ine -ine2 Unabridged
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/ˈsæfrənɪn; -ˌniːn/
any of a class of azine dyes, used for textiles and biological stains
Word Origin
C19: from French safransaffron + -ine²
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safranine saf·ra·nine (sāf'rə-nēn', -nĭn) or saf·ra·nin (-nĭn)
Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used in the textile industry and as a biological stain.

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