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Cytochemistry: study of the chemical composition of cells
What is - definition
Cytochemistry is a branch of Cell Biology (Cytology) that focuses on the study of the chemical composition of cells and their molecular biological processes. It uses chemical and chemophysical analyzes that enable its observation.
Cytochemistry is considered a link between biochemistry and morphology.
Main objectives of Cytochemistry:
- Locate and identify, in the cellular structure, the chemical compounds of cells.
Processes used (techniques):
- To identify macromolecules and chemical compounds in cells, methods of calorimetric reactions and staining using dye reagents are used.