[sahy-uh-neen, -nin]


any of several groups of dyes that make silver halide photographic plates sensitive to a wider color range.

Nearby words

  1. cyanic acid,
  2. cyanid,
  3. cyanide,
  4. cyanide process,
  5. cyanin,
  6. cyanite,
  7. cyanitic,
  8. cyanmethemoglobin,
  9. cyano,
  10. cyano group

Also cy·a·nin [sahy-uh-nin] /ˈsaɪ ə nɪn/.

Origin of cyanine

First recorded in 1870–75; cyan-1 + -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cyanine

  • Within the last few years, a compound similar to cyanine has appeared, under the name of Leitch's Blue.

  • Unlike the former, cyanine, being composed of two old colours, can lay no claim to originality.

British Dictionary definitions for cyanine


cyanin (ˈsaɪənɪn)


a blue dye used to extend the sensitivity of photographic emulsions to colours other than blue and ultraviolet
any of a class of chemically related dyes, used for the same purpose
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