from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not decolorized by acid after staining, as bacteria that retain dye after an acid rinse.
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- adj. Retaining stain when treated with an acidic solution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A literal translation of the German “säurfest”: applied to a class of bacteria which, when once stained with basic aniline dyes, tenaciously hold the dye on subsequent exposure to acids or alcohol.
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- adj. not easily decolorized by acid solutions; pertains to micro-organisms (especially the tubercle bacillus that causes tuberculosis)
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It belongs to that small group known as acid-fast bacteria.
(This often, but not invariably, removes the stain from acid-fast bacilli other than tubercle; e. g., smegma bacillus.) 7.
~ -- (To demonstrate tubercle and other acid-fast bacilli.) 1.
This method is supposed to differentiate between B. tuberculosis and other acid-fast micro-organisms.
It is a powerful oxidising agent and rapidly destroys most bacteria, but tubercle and other acid-fast organisms resist its lethal action for considerable periods, and upon this fact the method is based.
(This removes stain from everything but acid-fast bacilli; e. g., tubercle, leprosy, and smegma bacilli and the film turns yellow.) 5.
The contraption was also good enough to highlight the rod shaped morphology of the acid-fast aerobic bacteria.
The diagnosis of tuberculosis was based on a positive sputum smear for acid-fast bacilli.
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Pulmonary TB was confirmed by two consecutive sputum smears positive for acid-fast bacilli and a positive culture; the smear and culture procedures were conducted as previously described
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