One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A red dye obtained from orchil, used as a stain in microscopic study.
- ‘The anthers of each flower were squashed in a drop of 2% acetic orcein to intensify the staining of meiotic cells.’
- ‘The chromosomes were stained with acetic orcein and visualized with a light microscope.’
- ‘Chromosomes were counted in root tips stained with acetic orcein.’
- ‘The slide was immersed in 1% orcein in 45% acetic acid for 15 min, washed in distilled water, air-dried and a coverslip was mounted in Histomount (National Diagnostics, Hull, UK).’
- ‘After air drying, the cells were stained with 2% acetic orcein.’
Mid 19th century: alteration of orcin, another name for orcinol.
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