[ bey-suh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh ]
/ ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl i ə, -ˈfil yə /

noun Pathology.

an abnormal increase in the number of basophils in the blood, occurring in some types of leukemia, severe anemia, and other disorders.



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Origin of basophilia

First recorded in 1900–05; basophil + -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for basophilia

/ (ˌbeɪsəˈfɪlɪə) /


an abnormal increase of basophil leucocytes in the blood
the affinity of a biological specimen for basic dyes
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Medical definitions for basophilia

[ bā′sə-fĭlē-ə ]


The affinity of cellular structures for basic dyes, such as methylene blue.
An increase in the number of basophils in the circulating blood.basophilism
An abnormal stippling of red blood cells with basic staining granules.

Other words from basophilia

ba′so•philic (-fĭl′ĭk) adj.
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