brom·​sul·​pha·​lein ¦brōm-ˌsəl-ˈfa-lē-ən How to pronounce bromsulphalein (audio)
variants or Bromsulphalein
: a dye C20H10Br4O10S2 derived from phenolphthalein that is used in the form of its bitter white crystalline disodium salt in a liver function test

Word History


shortened and altered from phenoltetrabromphthalein sodium sulphonate

Note: Term probably introduced by Sanford M. Rosenthal and Edwin C. White in "Clinical application of the bromsulphalein test for hepatic function," Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 84, no. 15 (April 11, 1925), pp. 1112-14.

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“Bromsulphalein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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