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eosinophil

[ee-uh-sin-uh-fil]Biology
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noun
  1. Histology. any cell, tissue, organism, or substance that has an affinity for eosin and other acid stains.
  2. Cell Biology. a leukocyte having eosinophilic granules in the cytoplasm and usually a bilobate nucleus.
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adjective
  1. eosinophilic.
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Also e·o·sin·o·phile [ee-uh-sin-uh-fahyl] /ˌi əˈsɪn əˌfaɪl/.

Origin of eosinophil

First recorded in 1885–90; eosin + -o- + -phil(e)
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Examples from the Web for eosinophiles

Historical Examples

  • Eosinophiles are formed in the bone-marrow from eosinophilic myelocytes.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis

    James Campbell Todd

  • This would explain the rle of the eosinophiles in the black-fly lesion.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Other381 varieties—the eosinophiles, lymphocytes, etc.—are less mobile and have still less marked phagocytic properties.

  • Very constant also is a marked absolute, and often a relative, increase of eosinophiles and basophiles.

  • The completeness and rapidity of the breaking down depends on the number of eosinophiles present.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley


British Dictionary definitions for eosinophiles

eosinophil

eosinophile (ˌiːəʊˈsɪnəˌfaɪl)

noun
  1. a leucocyte with a multilobed nucleus and coarse granular cytoplasm that stains readily with acidic dyes such as eosin
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Derived Formseosinophilic or eosinophilous (ˌiːəʊsɪˈnɒfɪləs), adjective
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eosinophiles in Medicine

eosinophil

(ē′ə-sĭnə-fĭl′)
n.
  1. A type of white blood cell containing cytoplasmic granules that are easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes.eosinophilic leukocyte oxyphil oxyphilic leukocyte
  2. A microorganism, cell, or histological element easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes.
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Related formse′o•sin′o•philic adj.
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