vital stain


vital stain
A stain that is taken up by live cells and that can be used to stain, for example, a group of cells in a developing embryo in order to try to determine a fate map.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • vital stain — n VITAL DYE …   Medical dictionary

  • vital stain — noun : vital dye * * * vital stain noun (botany, zoology) A stain that can be used on living cells without killing them • • • Main Entry: ↑vital …   Useful english dictionary

  • vital stain — /vaɪtl ˈsteɪn/ (say vuytl stayn) noun → vital dye …   Australian English dictionary

  • vital dye — n a dye or stain capable of penetrating living cells or tissues and not inducing immediate evident degenerative changes called also vital stain * * * a dye that penetrates living cells and colors certain structures, without serious injury to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • vital red — Trisodium salt of a sulfonated diazo dye (a ditolyl group diazotized to sulfonated aminonaphthalene residues), used as a vital stain. SYN: brilliant v.. * * * vital red n a disazo acid dye used as a biological stain and in the determination of… …   Medical dictionary

  • vital dye — noun : a dye or stain capable of penetrating living cells or tissues and not inducing immediate evident degenerative changes called also vital stain …   Useful english dictionary

  • vital dye — /vaɪtl ˈdaɪ/ (say vuytl duy) noun a dye capable of penetrating living cells without any immediate adverse effects, thus facilitating observation with a microscope. Also, vital stain …   Australian English dictionary

  • stain — 1. To discolor. 2. To color; to dye. 3. A discoloration. 4. A dye used in histologic and bacteriologic technique. 5. A procedure in which a dye or combination of dyes and reagents is used to color the constituents of cells and tissues. For… …   Medical dictionary

  • vital staining — the process of staining a living tissue by injecting a stain into the organism. Compare supravital staining. * * * staining of a tissue by a dye which is introduced into a living organism and which, by virtue of affinity for certain tissues, will …   Medical dictionary

  • vital staining — intravital staining the process of staining a living tissue by injecting a stain into the organism. Compare: supravital staining …   The new mediacal dictionary


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