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trypan blue

noun
  1. a dye obtained from tolidine that is absorbed by the macrophages of the reticuloendothelial system and is therefore used for staining cells in biological research
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Word Origin

so called because it is trypano-cidal : see trypanosome, -cide
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trypan blue in Medicine

trypan blue

(trīpən, trĭpən)
n.
  1. An acid dye used for staining of the reticuloendothelial system, the kidney tubules, and cells in tissue culture.
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