Simple and Differential Stains: Definition and Examples


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A cation is

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1. In a differential stain

2. In a simple stain

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and accompanying worksheet to assess your understanding of the use of stains to view microscopic bacteria. You will be asked to differentiate between the different stains and staining techniques. Cations and negative stains will be a part of the testing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your ability to:

  • Differentiate between the different stains
  • Identify negative stains
  • Define cation

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding use of a microscope to view bacteria and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define cation, Gram stain, negative stain, simple stain, and differential stain
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about stains

Additional Learning

Review this lesson Simple and Differential Stains: Definition and Examples to learn more about viewing microscopic life. This lesson covers:

  • Defining stains
  • Describing a simple staining technique
  • Identifying the differential staining technique
  • Knowing what anions are