The characteristic of a cell or tissue component of taking on a color different from that of the dye with which it is stained.
The property of certain dyes to stain different substances different colors.

Nearby words

  1. metacentre,
  2. metacentric,
  3. metacentric chromosome,
  4. metacentric height,
  5. metacercaria,
  6. metachromatic,
  7. metachromatic body,
  8. metachromatic leukodystrophy,
  9. metachromatic stain,
  10. metachromatism

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