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mordant

 [mor´dant]
1. a substance capable of intensifying or deepening the reaction of a specimen to a stain.
2. to subject to the action of a mordant before staining.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

mor·dant

(mōr'dant),
1. A substance capable of combining with a dye and the material to be dyed, thereby increasing the affinity or binding of the dye; for example, alum, a mordant commonly used to promote staining with hematoxylin.
2. To treat with a mordant.
[L. mordeo, to bite]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

mordant

adjective Referring to an astringent chemical; caustic, corrosive.

noun A chemical used to set stains in tissue.

Mordants
Sodium chloride, tannic acid, alum, urine, chrome alum; Bouin’s solution can also be used as a mordant.
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mor·dant

(mōr'dănt)
1. A substance capable of combining with a dye and the material to be dyed, thereby increasing the affinity or binding of the dye.
2. To treat with a mordant.
[L. mordeo, to bite]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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