crystal violet

noun

: a triphenylmethane dye found in gentian violet

Examples of crystal violet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That thick layer of peptidoglycan helps hold in a purple dye called crystal violet. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2019 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, 16 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crystal violet was in 1885

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“Crystal violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystal%20violet. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

crystal violet

noun
: a triphenylmethane dye found in gentian violet

called also methylrosaniline chloride

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