methylene blue

noun

Definition of methylene blue 

: a basic thiazine dye C16H18ClN3S·3H2O used especially as a biological stain, an antidote in cyanide poisoning, and an oxidation-reduction indicator

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Dutch, American and Malian scientists working in Ouélessébougou, Mali, found that adding methylene blue to a typical treatment regimen cleared gametocytes from the bloodstream within two days. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine," 9 Feb. 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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methylene blue

noun

Medical Definition of methylene blue 

: a basic thiazine dye C16H18ClN3S·3H2O used in the treatment of methemoglobinemia, as an antidote in cyanide poisoning, as a biological stain, and as an oxidation-reduction indicator

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