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PubMed Search: Giemsa stain
- As a hematology stain, works best with alcohol fixed smears
- As a histology stain, detects mast cells and microorganisms, such as Giardia or Helicobacter
- A "Romanowsky-type" stain, composed of mixtures of methylene blue, azure, and eosin compounds
- Methylene blue is a metachromatic stain, meaning that some tissue components (mast cell granules, cartilage, mucin, amyloid) stain purple and not blue
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