Yasvoyn's Iron Hematoxylin

Solution A Amount Function
Hematoxylin 0.1 g Dye
Distilled water mL Solvent
Solution B Amount Function
Ferric ammonium sulphate 2.5 g Mordant
Distilled water 100 mL Solvent


Compounding procedure
Make each solution seperately.
For use, add solution B drop by drop to 20 drops of solution A until it just remains blue .
The working solution may be used immediately, but is not stable for long.


  1. Bring sections to water with xylene and ethanol.
  2. Place into the staining solution for 2-5 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
  4. Remove excess stain with 70% ethanol if necessary.
  5. Dehydrate with ethanol, clear with xylene and mount with a resinous medium.

Expected results


  1. The stock solutions are stable for some time.
  2. The working solution should be made fresh.
  3. Although not specified, a tap water wash to blue the hematoxylin may be useful following step 4.
  4. Following a wash to blue the nuclei, a counterstain could probably be applied, if wished, before dehydration.


Gray, Peter. (1954)
The Microtomist's Formulary and Guide.
Originally published by:– The Blakiston Co.
Republished by:– Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co.
    Roskin, G.E, (1946). Mikroskopecheskaya technica, p. 150



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