cy·​a·​nine ˈsī-ə-ˌnēn How to pronounce cyanine (audio)
: any of various dyes used especially to sensitize photographic film to light from the green, yellow, red, and infrared regions of the spectrum

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First Known Use

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyanine was circa 1872

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“Cyanine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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