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[mass noun] A poisonous pale yellow solid with a distinctive pungent smell, used in solution as a biological stain (especially for lipids) and fixative.
- ‘The tissue is then placed for 8 to 10 days in a solution containing potassium chlorate, osmium tetroxide, formaldehyde, and glacial acetic acid.’
- ‘The cytoplasm of medullar cells, fixed in osmium tetroxide, stained more deeply with toluidine blue than that of cortical cells.’
- ‘Experts say a bomb with the chemical osmium tetroxide would have wiped out the first police and rescue workers on the scene.’
- ‘Electron microscopy was performed with fresh tissues fixed in glutaraldehyde and postfixed in osmium tetroxide.’
- ‘For ultrastructural studies, formalin-fixed tumor samples were washed, postfixed in buffered osmium tetroxide, dehydrated, and embedded in epoxy resin.’
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