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Class: Acridine
Ionisation: Basic

Chemical structure of Acriflavine

Common Name: Acriflavine
Suggested Name: Acriflavine
Other Names:


C.I. Number: 46000
C.I. Name:
Color: Orange
Solubility Aqueous: 33%
Solubility Ethanol: 33%
Absorption Maximum: 462 & 465 (Aldrich)
Empirical Formula: C14H15N3Cl2
Formula Weight: 296.2


Acriflavine is primarily used as an antiseptic. As a histological dye, it can be used to make a good fluorescent yellow Schiff's reagent.


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