A second stain of different color, having affinity for tissues, cells, or parts of cells other than those taking the primary stain, used to render more distinct the parts taking the first stain.

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coun·ter·stain -.stān n a stain used to color parts of a microscopy specimen not affected by another stain esp a cytoplasmic stain used to contrast with or enhance a nuclear stain
counterstain vt to stain (a tissue or microscopy specimen) with an additional usu. contrasting color

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coun·ter·stain (kounґtər-stān″) a stain applied to render the effects of another stain more discernible.

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