fuchsin

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fuchsin

(fyo͞ok`sĭn) or

magenta

(məjĕn`tə), bright red dyestuff consisting of the mixed hydrochlorides or acetates of rosaniline and pararosaniline. It is composed of small crystals possessing a brilliant green sheen; when dissolved they produce a red solution, which dyes animal fibers directly and vegetable fibers after mordanting. The solution is used in the textile and leather industries and as a stain in biology.

fuchsin

[′fyük·sən]
(organic chemistry)
C20H19N3 Brownish-red crystals, used as a dye or in the commercial preparation of other dyes, and as an antifungal drug. Also known as magenta; rosaniline.