New methylene blue

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New methylene blue
New methylene blue structure.svg
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.026.833
C18H22N3S:SCl ZnCl2
Molar mass 484.22 g/mol
Melting point 239 °C (462 °F; 512 K)
Boiling point Decomposes
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New methylene blue (also NMB) is an organic compound of the thiazine class of heterocycles. It is used as a stain and as an antimicrobial agent. It is classified as an azine dye, and the chromophore is a cation, the anion is often unspecified.[1]


NMB is a staining agent used in diagnostic cytopathology and histopathology, typically for staining immature red blood cells. It is a supravital stain.[2] It is closely related to methylene blue, an older stain in wide use.


New methylene blue is toxic. Skin contact or inhalation should be avoided.

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  1. ^ Vennerstrom, Jonathan L.; Makler, Michael T.; Angerhofer, Cidy K.; Williams, Jean A. "Antimalarial dyes revisited: xanthenes, azines, oxazines, and thiazine" Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1995), 39(12), 2671–7. doi:10.1128/AAC.39.12.2671.
  2. ^ "Reticulocyte Count" (PDF). Prentice-Hall.