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Bouin′s solution

histological fixative

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Bouin’s fluid
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acetic acid, 5%
formaldehyde, 9%
picric acid, 0.9%





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room temp

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General description

Bouin′s solution is a noncoagulant yellow stain fixative that consists of saturated picric acid, formaldehyde, and acetic acid.


Bouin′s solution is an excellent fixative for preserving soft and delicate structures. It is used as a mordant in various trichrome procedures.
Additionally, it has been used for the following purposes-
  • staining of human liver biopsy tissue samples for two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging
  • fixation of rat ovaries for the observing follicle cells using microscopy
  • fixation of gonads of crab for morphological and histological analysis
Prepared with saturated picric acid, formaldehyde and acetic acid. Excellent fixative for preserving soft and delicate structures. Used as a mordant in various trichrome procedures.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Bouin′s solution causes shrinkage of tissues when used as a preservative due to its picric acid component. It preserves morphological and nuclear information in tissues upon fixation.


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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 3 Inhalation - Acute Tox. 4 Dermal - Acute Tox. 4 Oral - Carc. 1B - Eye Irrit. 2 - Muta. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - Skin Sens. 1 - STOT SE 2 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

6.1C - Combustible, acute toxic Cat.3 / toxic compounds or compounds which causing chronic effects



Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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