- having an affinity for basic stains.
Origin of basophilic
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.