[ bey-suh-fil ]
/ ˈbeɪ sə fɪl /
Biology. a basophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance.
Anatomy. a white blood cell having a two-lobed nucleus and basilophilic granules in its cytoplasm.
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Also ba·so·phile [bey-suh-fahyl, -fil]. /ˈbeɪ səˌfaɪl, -fɪl/.
Words nearby basophil
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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
/ (ˈbeɪsəfɪl) /
adjective Also: basophilic (ˌbeɪsəˈfɪlɪk)
(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by basic dyes
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
[ bā′sə-fĭl ]
A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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