stain

[ steyn ]
/ steɪn /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to produce a stain.
to become stained; take a stain: This fabric stains easily.

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Origin of stain

1350–1400; Middle English steynen < Old Norse steina to paint; in some senses aphetic form of distain

OTHER WORDS FROM stain

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British Dictionary definitions for restain

stain
/ (steɪn) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of stain

stainable, adjectivestainability, nounstainer, noun

Word Origin for stain

C14 steynen (vb), shortened from disteynen to remove colour from, from Old French desteindre to discolour, from des- dis- 1 + teindre, from Latin tingere to tinge
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Medical definitions for restain

stain
[ stān ]

n.

A reagent or dye that is used for staining microscopic specimens.
A procedure in which a dye or a combination of dyes and reagents is used to color the constituents of cells and tissues.

v.

To treat specimens for the microscope with a reagent or dye that makes visible certain structures without affecting others.
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