differential stain

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In histology, either a stain that is selective for some component (e.g. nucleic acid) or a stain that binds reversibly and will give greater discrimination if the specimen is over-stained and then progressively washed to differentiate the regions of greatest binding affinity.

http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/HISTHTML/STAINS/STAINS.html Useful resource on histological stains.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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