metachromatic

adjective meta·chro·mat·ic \ -krō-ˈma-tik \
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of metachromatic

1 : staining or characterized by staining in a different color or shade from what is typical
  • metachromatic granules in a bacterium
2 : having the capacity to stain different elements of a cell or tissue in different colors or shades
  • metachromatic stains

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First Known Use of metachromatic

1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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metachromatic

adjective meta·chro·mat·ic \ -krō-ˈmat-ik \

medical Definition of metachromatic

1 : staining or characterized by staining in a different color or shade from what is typical
  • metachromatic granules
2 : having the capacity to stain different elements of a cell or tissue in different colors or shades
  • metachromatic stains

metachromatically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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