- Biology. basophilic.
Also ba·so·phile [bey-suh-fahyl, -fil] /ˈbeɪ səˌfaɪl, -fɪl/.
Origin of basophil
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He distinguishes hyaline, acidophil and basophil cells, and derives all from the lymphocytes.
In the young granules there is prominent a basophil portion that becomes less and less marked as the cell grows older.
- (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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- A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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