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trypan blue

/ (ˈtrɪpən, ˈtrɪpæn, trɪˈpæn) /
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noun

a dye obtained from tolidine that is absorbed by the macrophages of the reticuloendothelial system and is therefore used for staining cells in biological research

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Word Origin for trypan blue

so called because it is trypano-cidal : see trypanosome, -cide
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Medical definitions for trypan blue

trypan blue
[ trīpən, trĭpən ]

n.

An acid dye used for staining of the reticuloendothelial system, the kidney tubules, and cells in tissue culture.
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