safranine

noun

saf·​ra·​nine ˈsa-frə-ˌnēn How to pronounce safranine (audio)
-nən
variants or safranin
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

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French or German safran saffron

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of safranine was in 1868

Dictionary Entries Near safranine

Cite this Entry

“Safranine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safranine. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

safranine

noun
saf·​ra·​nine ˈsaf-rə-ˌnēn How to pronounce safranine (audio) -nən How to pronounce safranine (audio)
variants or safranin
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
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!