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 (trī-fĕn′əl-mĕth′ān′, -fē′nəl-)
A colorless crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C19H16, in which phenyl groups replace three of the hydrogen atoms in methane and from which a large number of synthetic dyes are derived by substitution.


(traɪˌfiːnaɪlˈmiːθeɪn; -ˌfɛn-)
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless crystalline solid used for the preparation of many dyes. Formula: (C6H5)3CH


(traɪˌfɛn lˈmɛθ eɪn, -ˌfin-)

a colorless, crystalline, solid compound containing three benzene rings, C19H16, from which many dyes are derived.
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5% of all facial shields; however, when leucomalachite green, a triphenylmethane dye used for detecting blood in criminal forensic science, was used to detect spatters, the detection rate rose to 66%.
BBG is a triphenylmethane dye in the Coomassie dye family, commonly used for protein staining in biochemical analysis (22-24).
Absorption of triphenylmethane dyes Brilliant Blue and Patent Blue through intact skin, shaven skin and lingual mucosa from daily life products.