Definition of tinctorial in US English:



  • Relating to dyeing, coloring, or staining properties.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 color’) + -al.