[ saf-ruh-neen, -nin ]
/ ˈsæf rəˌnin, -nɪn /

noun Chemistry.

any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes, phenazine derivatives, used for dyeing wool, silk, etc.
Also called phenosafranine. a purplish-red, water-soluble dye, C18H14N4, used for textiles and as a stain in microscopy.
Also saf·ra·nin [saf-ruh-nin] /ˈsæf rə nɪn/.

Origin of safranine

1865–70; < French or German safran saffron + -ine -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for safranin



/ (ˈsæfrənɪn, -ˌniːn) /


any of a class of azine dyes, used for textiles and biological stains

Word Origin for safranine

C19: from French safran saffron + -ine ²
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Medicine definitions for safranin


[ săfrə-nēn′, -nĭn ]


Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used in the textile industry and as a biological stain.
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