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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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