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basic dye

a dye soluble in acid and insoluble in basic solution, consisting mostly of amino or imino compounds of xanthene or triarylmethane: used mainly for inks, carbon paper, and typewriter ribbon.
Origin of basic dye
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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basic-dye in Medicine

basic dye n.
Any of various usually synthetic dyes that produce brilliant colors, react as bases, and are usually used as stains. Also called basic stain.

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