azo dye


: any of numerous dyes containing azo groups

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Today, they are often synthesized from a chemical derived from petroleum called naphthalene to make a final product called an azo dye. Lorne J. Hofseth, The Conversation, 9 Dec. 2021 The following textile ingredients are also prohibited: toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, GMOs and their enzymes, and azo dyes that release carcinogenic compounds. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, 19 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of azo dye was in 1879

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“Azo dye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

azo dye

: any of numerous dyes containing azo groups

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