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haematoxylin

/ˌhiːməˈtɒksɪlɪn; ˌhɛm-/
noun
1.
a colourless or yellowish crystalline compound that turns red on exposure to light: obtained from logwood and used in dyes and as a biological stain. Formula: C16H14O6.3H2O
2.
a variant spelling of haematoxylon
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Haematoxylon genus name of logwood, from haemato- + Greek xulon wood + -in

haematoxylon

/ˌhiːməˈtɒksɪlɒn/
noun
1.
any thorny leguminous tree of the genus Haematoxylon, esp the logwood, of tropical America and SW Africa. The heartwood yields the dye haematoxylin
Derived Forms
haematoxylic (ˌhiːmətɒkˈsɪlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: see haematoxylin
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