silver stain

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sil·ver stain

any of a variety of stains (for example, Bielschowsky, Gomori silver, impregnation stains) that employ alkaline silver nitrate solutions to stain connective tissue fibers (reticulin, collagen), calcium salt deposits, spirochetes, neurologic tissue, and nucleolar organizer regions.
A metallic silver-based stain which is used to highlight basement membranes, and is of greatest use in glomerulonephritides, many of which have thickening or other glomerular basement membrane changes


1. a chemical element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.870, symbol Ag. See Table 6. It is used in medicine for its caustic, astringent and antiseptic effects. Experimental poisoning with silver salts causes myopathy.
2. a coat color in dogs, foxes.

silver amalgam
see amalgam.
silver collie syndrome
see canine cyclic hematopoiesis.
silver grass
silver halide
any of the silver salts with halogens including bromine, chlorine, iodine used in photographic emulsion.
silver iodide
soluble silver salt used in cloud seeding but presents no toxicological risk to local grazing cattle.
silver-leaf ironbark
silver-leafed nightshade
silver nitrate
colorless or white crystals, used as a caustic and local anti-infective.
silver nitrate (toughened)
a mixture of silver nitrate with hydrochloric acid, sodium chloride or potassium nitrate, occurring as white crystalline masses molded into pencils or cones, called caustic pencils; a convenient means of applying silver nitrate locally. Called also lunar caustic.
silver protein
silver made colloidal by the presence of, or combination with, protein; an active germicide with a local irritant and astringent effect.
silver stain
a method of demonstrating flagella on bacteria, or for visualizing very thin bacteria, such as leptospires.
silver sulfadiazine
the silver salt of sulfadiazine, having bactericidal activity against many gram-positive and gram-negative organisms, as well as being effective against yeasts; used as a topical anti-infective for the prevention and treatment of wound sepsis in patients with second and third degree burns.
silver weed
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Adequate neuropathologic assessment should include an evaluation of the quantity and distribution of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles using either silver stains or immunohistochemistry.
In contrast, the diabetic nodules stain strongly with PAS and silver stain and are Congo [red.
The present work aims for a comparative study of partially purified SPGs of goat, buffalo and pig with human erythrocyte membranes by solvent (chloroform-methanol) extraction, separation by SDS-PAGE and followed by staining with PAS, CBB and Silver stains.
Histopathological features exhibiting 2-4[micro]m spores with a clear halo was suggestive of histoplasmosis which was confirmed by Gommori's methenamine silver stain.
Bodian silver stain was applied to tissue sections and to SDS polyacrylamide gels after electrophoresis.
Following the algorithmic approach, mesangial expansion can be noted in the initial evaluation of the hematoxylin-eosin-stained sections, and the silver stain typically shows decreased or absent staining in mesangial areas because of the replacement of the normal mesangial matrix with a non-extracellular matrix protein.
In the most severely involved areas, there were double contours of the capillary walls, and even the well-preserved areas showed some mottling with the Jones silver stain (Figure 4).
The application of a tissue Gram's stain or a Warthin-Starry silver stain will detect the gram-negative rods in the foamy macrophages, which are usually numerous and easily identified.
The silver stain has been used for many years to detect proteins on 2-D gels, but its quantitative reproducibility has been suspect", says Dr.
Beta amyloid was evaluated using Bielschowsky silver stain and/or the beta amyloid peptide specific antibody 4G8.
Gomori methenamine silver stain demonstrated budding yeasts compatible with H.