Stains & molecular markers
Wright-Giemsa stain


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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
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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
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