[ awr-see-in ]
/ ˈɔr si ɪn /
a red dye, the principal coloring matter of cudbear and orchil, obtained by oxidizing an ammoniacal solution of orcinol.
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Origin of orcein
1830–40; arbitrary alteration of orcin; see orcinol
Words nearby orcein
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British Dictionary definitions for orcein
/ (ˈɔːsɪɪn) /
a brown crystalline material formed by the action of ammonia on orcinol and present in orchil: used as a dye, biological stain, and antiseptic. Formula: C 28 H 24 O 7 N 2
Word Origin for orcein
C19: see orcinol
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Medical definitions for orcein
[ ôr′sē-ĭn ]
A natural dye derived from orcinol and used in various histologic staining methods as a purple dye complex.
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