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Verhoeff's stain

noun Ver·hoeff's stain \ ˈvər-ˌhȯfs- \

medical Definition of Verhoeff's stain

: a stain containing hematoxylin, ferric chloride, and iodine that is used to demonstrate the presence of elastin

Biographical Note for verhoeff's stain

  • Verhoeff, Frederick Herman (1874–1968), American ophthalmologist. Verhoeff was an ophthalmic surgeon and pathologist at a Boston eye and ear infirmary and had a parallel career as a professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He introduced Verhoeff's stain in 1908.

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