basophil

[ bey-suh-fil ]
/ ˈbeɪ sə fɪl /

noun

Biology. a basophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance.
Anatomy. a white blood cell having a two-lobed nucleus and basilophilic granules in its cytoplasm.

adjective

Biology. basilophilic.

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Also ba·so·phile [bey-suh-fahyl, -fil]. /ˈbeɪ səˌfaɪl, -fɪl/.

Origin of basophil

First recorded in 1885–90; bas(ic dye) + -o- + -phil
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Example sentences from the Web for basophil

  • In the young granules there is prominent a basophil portion that becomes less and less marked as the cell grows older.

  • He distinguishes hyaline, acidophil and basophil cells, and derives all from the lymphocytes.

British Dictionary definitions for basophil

basophil

basophile

/ (ˈbeɪsəfɪl) /

adjective Also: basophilic (ˌbeɪsəˈfɪlɪk)

(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by basic dyes

noun

a basophil cell, esp a leucocyte

Word Origin for basophil

C19: from Greek; see base 1 + -phile
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Medical definitions for basophil

basophil
[ bāsə-fĭl ]

n.

A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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