Also ba·so·phile [bey-suh-fahyl, -fil] /ˈbeɪ səˌfaɪl, -fɪl/.
Origin of basophil
having an affinity for basic stains.
Also ba·soph·i·lous [bey-sof-uh-luh s] /beɪˈsɒf ə ləs/, basophil, basophile.
Origin of basophilic
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The basophile granular cells are few—but the granules are large, and stain deeply basophile.
The basophile granules of the "mast" cells are coccal-shaped, of various size—often quite powdery.
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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A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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