Movat's stain

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Movat's stain is a pentachrome stain originally developed by Henry Zoltan Movat[1] in 1955 to highlight the various constituents of connective tissue, especially cardiovascular tissue, by five colors in a single stained slide.[2] In 1972, H. K. Russell, Jr. modified the technique so as to reduce the time for staining and to increase the consistency and reliability of the staining.[3]

Interpretation of results[4]
Colour Tissue type
Black Nuclei; elastic fibres
Yellow Collagen fibres; reticular fibres
Blue Ground substance; mucin
Bright red Fibrin
Red Muscle



  1. ^ "Pathology News: Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 4: April 1996" (PDF). Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University. 
  2. ^ Movat, HZ (1955). "Demonstration of all connective tissue elements in a single section; pentachrome stains". A.M.A. Archives of pathology 60 (3): 289–95. PMID 13248341. 
  3. ^ Russell Jr, HK (1972). "A modification of Movat's pentachrome stain". Archives of pathology 94 (2): 187–91. PMID 4114784. 
  4. ^ "Penn MCRC > Modified Movat's Pentachrome Stain". Perelman School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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