- having an affinity for basic stains.
Also ba·soph·i·lous [bey-sof-uh-luh s] /beɪˈsɒf ə ləs/, basophil, basophile.
Origin of basophilic
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Nuclei, basophilic granules, and all blood parasites are blue; erythrocytes are red or pink; eosinophilic granules, bright red.
Myelocytes are named according to the character of their granules—neutrophilic, eosinophilic, and basophilic myelocytes.
The basophilic variety is less common, and is confined to long-standing severe myelogenous leukemia.