228842 Sigma-Aldrich

Ethyl Violet

cationic triarylmethane dye

Synonym: Basic violet 4, Ethyl purple 6B


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absorption   λmax 595 nm



25 g in glass bottle


Ethyl violet is a cationic triarylmethane dye that is the ethyl homolog of crystal violet. It is a general histological and pathological stain. Ethyl violet has been used to stain pancreatic tissue and elastin,1 in the detection of gram negative bacteria,2 and as a reagent for the extractive-spectrophotometric determination of anionic surfactants.3 Ethyl violet induces mitochondrial permeability.4 It has been used in the extraction and spectrophotometric determination of copper.5 Along with the anionic dye zincon, ethyl violet is used in counterion dye of proteins in SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.6

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