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counterstain

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verb coun·ter·stain \-ˌstān\

Definition of counterstain

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to stain (as a microscopy specimen) so as to color parts (as the cytoplasm of cells) not colored by another stain (as a nuclear stain)

counterstain

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1895

First Known Use of counterstain

1895


Medical Dictionary

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counterstain

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noun coun·ter·stain \-ˌstān\

Medical Definition of counterstain

  1. :  a stain used to color parts of a microscopy specimen not affected by another stain; especially :  a cytoplasmic stain used to contrast with or enhance a nuclear stain




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counterstain

transitive verb coun·ter·stain

Medical Definition of counterstain

  1. :  to stain (a tissue or microscopy specimen) with an additional usually contrasting color




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