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Alcian blue

Pronunciation: al′sē-an blū

Definition: A complex phthalocyanin dye used as a stain to distinguish sulfomucins from sialomucins and uronic acid mucins, to demonstrate sulfated polysaccharides, and to detect glycoproteins in electrophoresis; often used in combination with periodic acid-Schiff or aldehyde fuchsin.

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