Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used in the textile industry and as a biological stain.
Origin of safraninFrench safran, saffron (from Old French; see saffron) + –in.
Variant of safranine
- a yellowish-red aniline dye, CHNCl, or any of several dyes closely related in structure to this
- any mixture of the various salts of the safranine dyes, used as a dye and as a stain in microscopy
Origin of safranineFrench safran, saffron + -ine