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basophil

[bey-suh-fil] /ˈbeɪ sə fɪl/
noun
1.
Biology. a basophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance.
2.
Anatomy. a white blood cell having a two-lobed nucleus and basophilic granules in its cytoplasm.
adjective
3.
Biology. basophilic.
Also, basophile
[bey-suh-fahyl, -fil] /ˈbeɪ səˌfaɪl, -fɪl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of basophil
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; bas(ic dye) + -o- + -phil
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  • Very constant also is a marked absolute, and often a relative, increase of eosinophiles and basophiles.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for basophiles

basophil

/ˈbeɪsəfɪl/
adjective
1.
(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by basic dyes
noun
2.
a basophil cell, esp a leucocyte
Word Origin
C19: from Greek; see base1 + -phile
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basophiles in Medicine

basophil ba·so·phil (bā'sə-fĭl, -zə-) or ba·so·phile (-fīl')
n.
A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.

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