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1Used with reference to a staining technique using haematoxylin and phosphotungstic acid to demonstrate connective tissue elements and cytological detail; especially in "Mallory's phosphotungstic acid haematoxylin", "Mallory's phosphotungstic acid haematoxylin stain".
2Used with reference to a staining technique using acid fuchsin, aniline blue, orange G, and phosphotungstic (originally phosphomolybdic) acid to produce differential staining of collagen and ground substance (blue), nuclei, fibrin and neuroglia (red), elastin (yellow or pink), etc.; now especially in "Mallory's trichrome stain", "Mallory's triple stain".
Early 20th century. From the name of Frank B. Mallory, U.S. pathologist.
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