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[gran-yuh-loh-sahyt] /ˈgræn yə loʊˌsaɪt/
noun, Cell Biology.
a circulating white blood cell having prominent granules in the cytoplasm and a nucleus of two or more lobes.
Also called polymorph.
Origin of granulocyte
First recorded in 1905-10; granule + -o- + -cyte
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[gran-yuh-loh-sit-ik] /ˌgræn yə loʊˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for granulocyte


any of a group of phagocytic leucocytes having cytoplasmic granules that take up various dyes See also eosinophil, neutrophil (sense 1), basophil (sense 2)
Derived Forms
granulocytic (ˌɡrænjʊləˈsɪtɪk) adjective
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granulocyte in Medicine

granulocyte gran·u·lo·cyte (grān'yə-lō-sīt')
Any of a group of white blood cells having granules in the cytoplasm.

gran'u·lo·cyt'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
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granulocyte in Science
Any of various white blood cells that contain granular material in the cytoplasm and are immunologically active, especially in phagocytosis. Granulocytes are the most numerous of the white blood cells in humans.
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