Definitions for safranineˈsæf rəˌnin, -nɪn; -nɪn
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saf•ra•nineˈsæf rəˌnin, -nɪn; -nɪn(n.)
any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes.
a purplish red, water-soluble dye, C18H14N4, used for textiles and as a stain in microscopy.
Origin of safranine:
1865–70; < F or G safransaffron+-ine -ine2
safranine, safranin, saffranine(noun)
any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes
any of a class of red to blue azine dyes
an orange-red nitrogenous dyestuff produced artificially by oxidizing certain aniline derivatives, and used in dyeing silk and wool; also, any one of the series of which safranine proper is the type