Any of various blue dyes, used to sensitize photographic emulsions to a greater range of light.(noun)
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Use "cyanine" in a sentence
"Sulphon cyanine works well with other dye-stuffs, and gives shades which are fast to milling."
"Unlike the former, cyanine, being composed of two old colours, can lay no claim to originality."
"Within the last few years, a compound similar to cyanine has appeared, under the name of _Leitch's Blue_."