hematoxylin

noun

he·​ma·​tox·​y·​lin ˌhē-mə-ˈtäk-sə-lən How to pronounce hematoxylin (audio)
: a crystalline phenolic compound C16H14O6 found in logwood and used chiefly in biological staining

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Haematoxylon, plant genus

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hematoxylin was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Hematoxylin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hematoxylin. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hematoxylin

noun
he·​ma·​tox·​y·​lin ˌhē-mə-ˈtäk-sə-lən How to pronounce hematoxylin (audio)
: a compound found in the wood of a tropical American tree and used chiefly as a biological stain

Medical Definition

hematoxylin

noun
he·​ma·​tox·​y·​lin
variants or chiefly British haematoxylin
: a crystalline phenolic compound C16H14O6 found in logwood and used chiefly as a biological stain because of its ready oxidation to hematein
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