fuchsin fyo͞ok´sĭn [key] or magenta məjĕn´tə [key], bright red dyestuff consisting of the mixed hydrochlorides or acetates of rosaniline and pararosaniline. It is composed of small crystals possessing a brilliant green sheen; when dissolved they produce a red solution, which dyes animal fibers directly and vegetable fibers after mordanting. The solution is used in the textile and leather industries and as a stain in biology.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Organic Chemistry