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 (săf′rə-nĭn) also saf·ra·nine (-nēn′, -nĭn)
Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used chiefly as biological stains.

[French safran, saffron (from Old French; see saffron) + -in.]
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(ˈsæfrənɪn; -ˌniːn) or


(Dyeing) any of a class of azine dyes, used for textiles and biological stains
[C19: from French safran saffron + -ine2]
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(ˈsæf rəˌnin, -nɪn)

also saf•ra•nin


1. any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes.
2. a purplish red, water-soluble dye, C18H14N4, used for textiles and as a stain in microscopy.
[1865–70; < French or German safran saffron + -ine -ine2]
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Noun1.safranine - any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
pheno-safranine - a purplish red water-soluble dye used in microscopy
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Prakasa, Photogalvanic effect: Comparative studies in three dyes Rhodamine B, Methylene blue and Safranine, J.
Ensafi et al., prepared a low-cost optical sensor by the immobilization of the hydrolyzed dye "Safranine O" to triacetyl cellulose.
To observe the hyphal fusion the cover slips were removed and the hyphal stained with Safranine O.
After washing the slide with running water cells were counterstained with aqueous safranine for 1 minute.
The contents of the test tubes were discarded and the tubes were stained with 0.1% safranine, washed with sterile water thrice, and dried.
Finally, 200 [micro]L of 30% glacial acetic acid was added to the microplates in order to elute safranine from the matrix.
Freehand cross sections were stained with 1% (w/v) safranine. Five complete cross sections of each root were selected randomly and mounted on glass slides for microscopy (Nikon Ys100 microscopy, objective lens, 10x).
The measurement of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was performed as described previously [37], with the exception that safranine O was used in the present study.
The colorless gram-negative cells can then be stained with another dye, such as safranine, tinting the cells pink.
Thoene (2006) Kinetic investigations of the mechanism of dihydrogen driven catalytic reduction of methylene blue safranine O methyl viologen and ferricyanide using platinum carbonyl cluster anions (Chini-clusters) as catalyst.
Smear of PHB producing bacteria was heat fixed on sterilized glass slide and stained with Sudan black B solution (0.3% solution (w/v) in 60% ethanol) for 10 min rinsed with water and then counter-stained with 0.5% safranine for 5 seconds.