gentian violet

noun, often capitalized G&V

Definition of gentian violet

: any of several dyes or dye mixtures consisting of one or more methyl derivatives of pararosaniline especially : a dark green or greenish mixture used especially as a bactericide, fungicide, and anthelmintic

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First Known Use of gentian violet

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Gentian violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentian%20violet. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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gentian violet

noun, often capitalized G&V

Medical Definition of gentian violet

: any of several dyes (as crystal violet) or dye mixtures that consist of one or more methyl derivatives of pararosaniline especially : a dark green or greenish mixture used medicinally that contains not less than 96 percent of the derivative of pararosaniline containing six methyl groups in each molecule and is used especially as a bactericide, fungicide, and anthelmintic

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