[ 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 basophilic granules in its cytoplasm.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for basophiles

  • Very constant also is a marked absolute, and often a relative, increase of eosinophiles and basophiles.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd

British Dictionary definitions for basophiles



/ (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 basophiles

[ bāsə-fĭl ]


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