Stains
Wright-Giemsa stain

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 24 January 2018, last major update June 2005

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Wright-Giemsa stain. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/stainswright.html. Accessed February 25th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Also called Wright’s stain
  • A "Romanowsky-type" stain, composed of mixtures of methylene blue, azure and eosin compounds
  • Used to stain peripheral blood smears
  • Methylene blue is a metachromatic stain, meaning that some tissue components (mast cell granules, cartilage, mucin, amyloid) stain purple and not blue