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Ziehl–Neelsen stain

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noun Ziehl–Neel·sen stain \ˈtsēl-ˈnāl-sən-\

Medical Definition of Ziehl–Neelsen stain

  1. :  a carbolfuchsin stain used especially for detecting the tubercle bacillus



Biographical Note for ziehl–neelsen stain

Ziehl, Franz (1857–1926), German bacteriologist. A professor in Lübeck, Ziehl introduced the carbolfuchsin stain for the tubercle bacillus in 1882.Neelsen, Friedrich Carl Adolf (1854–1894), German pathologist. Neelsen published a handbook of staining methods in 1892.


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