adjective Biology.

having an affinity for basic stains.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for basophilic

Historical Examples of basophilic

  • Nuclei, basophilic granules, and all blood parasites are blue; erythrocytes are red or pink; eosinophilic granules, bright red.

  • Myelocytes are named according to the character of their granules—neutrophilic, eosinophilic, and basophilic myelocytes.

  • The basophilic variety is less common, and is confined to long-standing severe myelogenous leukemia.