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tr.v. de·stained, de·stain·ing, de·stains
To remove stain from (a specimen) to aid in microscopic study.
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vb (tr)
chem to remove a stain from


vb (tr)
an archaic spelling of distain
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to remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast of parts.
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Verb1.destain - remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"
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