basic dye


a dye soluble in acid and insoluble in basic solution, consisting mostly of amino or imino compounds of xanthene or triarylmethane: used mainly for inks, carbon paper, and typewriter ribbon.

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Origin of basic dye

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for basic dye

basic dye


Any of various usually synthetic dyes that produce brilliant colors, react as bases, and are usually used as stains.basic stain

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