negative staining

noun

Medical Definition of negative staining

: a method of demonstrating the form of small objects (as bacteria) by surrounding them with a stain that they do not take up so that they appear as sharply outlined unstained bright bodies on a colored ground

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“Negative staining.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/negative%20staining. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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