Toluidine Blue O
Toluidine blue O is a metachromatic dye, and is frequently employed in that capacity. It is a blue nuclear counterstain, and can be used to demonstrate Nissl substance. It is useful for staining mast cell granules, both in metachromatic and orthochromatic techniques. Compare its formula to other methylene blue homologues.
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