- 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
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The dyes with the ponceaus are faster than those with eosine or safranine.
Should you find your color too much on the drab, a few drops of safranine added to bath will have the desired effect.
- any of a class of azine dyes, used for textiles and biological stains
C19: from French safran saffron + -ine ²
- Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used in the textile industry and as a biological stain.
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