One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to dyeing, colouring, or staining properties.
- ‘In N. America, turmeric is used more as a simple food colourant, and Alleppey turmeric from Kerala, which is a mixture of cultivars with a particularly high tinctorial power, is preferred.’
- ‘The deposits had tinctorial properties of collagen using Masson trichrome stain and the van Gieson method for collagen, although the deposits were mostly dissolved using the Masson trichrome procedure.’
- ‘With this approach, only particles visible by virtue of their tinctorial characteristics were counted.’
- ‘The typical fibrillar morphology is, next to the -cross x-ray diffraction patterns and characteristic tinctorial properties, one of the most prominent physicochemical hallmarks of amyloids.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin tinctorius (from tinctor ‘dyer’, from tingere ‘to dye or colour’) + -al.
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