Giemsa stain

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 26 Aug 2021

Giemsa stain is a commonly used histological stain that colors the cytoplasm blue to pink (depending on its acidity) and the nucleus blue to black 1. It serves as the diagnostic gold standard of histopathological staining of blood samples from patients with plasmodium-borne malaria, and as the basic stain for the Kiel lymphoma classification 2. It may also be used for chromosome structure and chromatin type identification by coloring C-bands and G-bands purple 3.

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