su·​pra·​vi·​tal ˌsü-prə-ˈvī-tᵊl How to pronounce supravital (audio)
: having or utilizing the property of staining cells or tissues removed from a living body
supravital dyes
compare intravital
supravitally adverb

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supravital was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Supravital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


su·​pra·​vi·​tal -ˈvīt-ᵊl How to pronounce supravital (audio)
: constituting or relating to the staining of living tissues or cells surviving after removal from a living body by dyes that penetrate living substance but induce more or less rapid degenerative changes compare intravital sense 2
supravitally adverb
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