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basophil

[bey-suh-fil]
noun
  1. Biology. a basophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance.
  2. Anatomy. a white blood cell having a two-lobed nucleus and basophilic granules in its cytoplasm.
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adjective
  1. Biology. basophilic.
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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

basophilic

[bey-suh-fil-ik]
adjective Biology.
  1. having an affinity for basic stains.
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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
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Examples from the Web for basophile

Historical Examples

  • The basophile granular cells are few—but the granules are large, and stain deeply basophile.

    The Elements of Bacteriological Technique

    John William Henry Eyre

  • The basophile granules of the "mast" cells are coccal-shaped, of various size—often quite powdery.


British Dictionary definitions for basophile

basophil

basophile

adjective Also: basophilic (ˌbeɪsəˈfɪlɪk)
  1. (of cells or cell contents) easily stained by basic dyes
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noun
  1. a basophil cell, esp a leucocyte
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek; see base 1 + -phile
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basophile in Medicine

basophil

(bāsə-fĭl)
n.
  1. A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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