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


Biology. basophilic.

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

Origin of basophil

First recorded in 1885–90; bas(ic dye) + -o- + -phil



adjective Biology.

having an affinity for basic stains.
Also ba·soph·i·lous [bey-sof-uh-luh s] /beɪˈsɒf ə ləs/, basophil, basophile.

Origin of basophilic

First recorded in 1890–95; basophil + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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basophile in Medicine




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