destain

verb
de·​stain | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈstān How to pronounce destain (audio) \
destained; destaining; destains

Definition of destain

transitive verb

: to selectively remove stain from (a specimen for microscopic study)

First Known Use of destain

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Destain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/destain. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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destain

transitive verb
de·​stain | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈstān How to pronounce destain (audio) \

Medical Definition of destain

: to selectively remove stain from (a specimen for microscopic study)

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