crystal violet


Definition of crystal violet

: a triphenylmethane dye found in gentian violet

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By contrast, cells with more complex cell walls consisting of a relatively thin layer of peptidoglycan plus an outer membrane don’t hold in crystal violet as well. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crystal violet

1885, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of crystal violet

: a triphenylmethane dye found in gentian violet

called also methylrosaniline chloride

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