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[noo-truh-fil, nyoo-] /ˈnu trə fɪl, ˈnyu-/
(of a cell or cell part) having an affinity for neutral dyes.
a phagocytic white blood cell having a lobulate nucleus and neutrophil granules in the cytoplasm.
Also, neutrophile
[noo-truh-fahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəˌfaɪl, ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of neutrophil
First recorded in 1885-90; neutro- + -phil Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for neutrophil
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  • The nuclei are greenish, the red blood corpuscles orange, the acidophil granulation copper red, the neutrophil violet.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The mast cell granulations are stained pure blue, the eosinophil red, the neutrophil in mixed colour.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In isolated cases the increase at this time was very considerable; and in one case amounted almost to 12% of all neutrophil cells.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The mononuclear and transitional forms of the neutrophil group, do not under normal circumstances pass over into the blood-stream.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Of great theoretical interest is the contrast between eosinophil and neutrophil cells.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for neutrophil


a leucocyte having a lobed nucleus and a fine granular cytoplasm, which stains with neutral dyes
(of cells and tissues) readily stainable by neutral dyes
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neutrophil in Medicine

neutrophil neu·tro·phil (nōō'trə-fĭl', nyōō'-) or neu·tro·phile (-fīl')

  1. A neutrophil cell, especially an abundant type of granular white blood cell that is highly destructive of microorganisms.

  2. A cell or tissue that manifests no special affinity for acid or basic dyes.

Not stained strongly or definitely by either acid or basic dyes but stained readily by neutral dyes. Used especially of white blood cells.
neu'tro·phile' (-fīl') or neu'tro·phil'ic (-fĭl'ĭk) adj.
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