Pronunciation: (saf'ru-nēn", -nin), [key]
1. any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes, phenazine derivatives, used for dyeing wool, silk, etc.
2. Also called phenosafranine. a purplish-red, water-soluble dye, C18H14N4, used for textiles and as a stain in microscopy. Also,saf•ra•ninPronunciation: (saf'ru-nin). [key]
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