Definition of safranine
1 : any of various usually red synthetic dyes that are amino derivatives of bases
2 : any of various mixtures of safranine salts used in dyeing and as biological stains
Origin and Etymology of safranine
International Scientific Vocabulary, from French or German safran saffron
First Known Use: 1868See Words from the same year
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