metachromatic

adjective
meta·​chro·​mat·​ic | \-krō-ˈma-tik \

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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Children with the most severe form of metachromatic leukodystrophy develop symptoms like trouble walking or poor muscle tone before the age of 30 months. Vibhav Rangarajan, STAT, "The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply," 5 June 2018 Most children with metachromatic leukodystrophy don’t survive beyond their 8th birthday. Vibhav Rangarajan, STAT, "The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply," 5 June 2018 In 2013, Conte acted as the lawyer for the family of Sofia de Barros, a 4-year-old girl suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy, an incurable disease of the nervous system. Luca Tancredi Barone, Science | AAAS, "Italy’s new prime minister defended discredited stem cell therapy," 24 May 2018 That was the day a neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explained how my 2-year-old daughter, Cal, had late infantile-onset metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Maria Kefalas, STAT, "How much would you pay for the miracle of gene therapy?," 3 May 2018 Italian gene therapy researchers have reported comparable results for a similar treatment given to young patients with the brain disease metachromatic leukodystrophy. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of metachromatic

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of metachromatic was in 1876

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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

Other Words from metachromatic

metachromatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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