Pronunciation: kar′min, kar′mēn
Definition: Red coloring matter used as a histology stain produced from coccinellin derived from cochineal; treatment of coccinellin with alum forms an aluminum lake of carminic acid, the essential constituent of carmine.
[Mediev. L. carminus, contr. fr. carmisinus, fr. Ar. qirmizē, the cochineal insect]
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