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basophilic

[ bey-suh-fil-ik ]
/ ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl ɪk /
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adjective Biology.

having an affinity for basic stains.

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Also ba·soph·i·lous [bey-sof-uh-luhs], /beɪˈsɒf ə ləs/, basophil, basophile.

Origin of basophilic

First recorded in 1890–95; basophil + -ic
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How to use basophilic in a sentence

  • Nuclei and certain other structures in the blood are stained by the basic dyes, and are hence called basophilic.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • Nuclei, basophilic granules, and all blood parasites are blue; erythrocytes are red or pink; eosinophilic granules, bright red.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • Myelocytes are named according to the character of their granules—neutrophilic, eosinophilic, and basophilic myelocytes.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • The basophilic variety is less common, and is confined to long-standing severe myelogenous leukemia.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
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