Hematoxylin Stain, Gill

Product Options:

Cytology...GILL I:
Part # 1180A 500 ml $24.30
Part # 1180C 1 gal $97.30
Cytology & Histology...GILL II:
Part # 1180D 500 ml $30.40
Part # 1180F 1 gal $122.70
Histology...GILL III:
Part # 1180G 500 ml $25.30
Part # 1180I 1 gal $151.30


STAIN SOLUTION:                                                                                         

500 ml 1 Gallon
Hematoxylin Stain, Gill I (single strength) Part 1180A Part 1180C
Hematoxylin Stain, Gill II (double strength) Part 1180D Part 1180F
Hematoxylin Stain, Gill III (triple strength) Part 1180G Part 1180I


Additionally Needed For H&E Staining:

Xylene, ACS Part 1445
Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 100% Part 10841
Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 95% Part 10842
Lithium Carbonate, Saturated Aqueous


Scott Tap Water Substitute

Part 12215


Part 1380

Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 70% Part 10844
Eosin Y Working Solution


Eosin-Phloxine Stain Set

Part 1072


Part 1082


For storage requirements and expiration date refer to individual bottle labels.



Newcomer Supply Hematoxylin Stain, Gill, is a ready to use progressive nuclear stain available in three different strengths for cytology and histology applications. Due to the progressive staining nature of Gill hematoxylin, over-staining is less likely and an acid alcohol differentiation step is not required in the staining process.  Gill hematoxylin does not require filtering prior to use but if using any Gill hematoxylin for cytology specimen staining, filtering before each use is highly suggested to prevent solution contamination.

Gill I is termed “single strength” and is ideal for both gynecological and non-gynecological cytology preparations.  Gill II, noted as “double strength”, is used as a counterstain in immunohistochemistry (IHC) procedures, a frozen section nuclear stain, a routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain and for more intense cytology staining.  Gill III is “triple strength” and is used primarily for tissue sections when a darker nuclear stain is preferred with shorter staining time. Goblet cells will be stained by Gill hematoxylin but not by other hematoxylin solutions.

To minimize oxidation and extend shelf life, store hematoxylin in a tightly capped container and keep stock solutions in the dark at room temperature.



For Histology Specimens

Fixation:   Formalin 10%, Phosphate Buffered (Part 1090)

Technique:  Paraffin sections cut at 5 microns

Solutions:  All solutions are manufactured by Newcomer Supply, Inc.



  1. Deparaffinize sections thoroughly in three changes of xylene, 3 minutes each.  Hydrate through two changes each of 100% and 95% ethyl alcohols, 10 dips each.  Wash well with distilled water.
  1. See Procedure Notes #1 and #2.
  1. Stain with Hematoxylin Stain, Gill of choice.  Staining time may vary depending upon the solution strength and intended purpose.
  1. For recommendations: See Procedure Note #3.
  1. Wash well in three changes of tap water.
  2. Blue slides in Lithium Carbonate, Saturated Aqueous (Part 12215) or Scott Tap Water Substitute (Part 1380) for 10 dips.
  3. Wash in three changes of tap water; rinse in distilled water.
  4. Drain excess water from rack and slides; proceed to 70% alcohol for 10 dips.
  5. Counterstain in Eosin Y Working Solution (Part 1072) or prepared Eosin-Phloxine Working Solution (Part 1082) for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on preference of intensity.
  6. Dehydrate in two changes of 95% ethyl alcohol for 1 minute each and two changes of 100% ethyl alcohol, 10 dips each; coverslip with compatible mounting medium.



Nuclei Blue
Mucin/Goblet cells Blue
Erythrocytes and eosinophilic granules Bright pink to red
Cytoplasm and other tissue elements Various shades of pink



  1. Drain staining rack/slides after each step to prevent solution carry over.
  2. Do not allow sections to dry out at any point during staining procedure.
  3. Stain in hematoxylin for a length of time to suit preference of nuclear stain intensity.

a.     Gill I recommended: Cytology – 5 minutes

b.     Gill II recommended:

                              i.    Frozen sections/Squash preps – 1 minute

                             ii.    Paraffin H&E: 3-5 minutes

                            iii.    IHC: 3-5 minutes

c.     Gill III recommended:

                              i.    Frozen sections/Squash preps – 1 minute

                             ii.    IHC: 3-5 minutes

  1. If using a xylene substitute, closely follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for deparaffinization and clearing steps.



  1. Carson, Freida L., and Christa Hladik. Histotechnology: A Self-Instructional Text. 3rd ed. Chicago, Ill.: American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 2009. 112.

  2. Luna, Lee G. Histopathologic Methods and Color Atlas of Special Stains and Tissue Artifacts. Gaitheresburg, MD: American Histolabs, 1992. 81-92.

  3. Modifications developed by Newcomer Supply Laboratory.