chromophil

[ kroh-muh-fil ]
/ ˈkroʊ mə fɪl /
Histology

adjective

Also chro·mo·phil·ic, chro·moph·i·lous [kroh-mof-uh-luhs], /kroʊˈmɒf ə ləs/, chromatophilic, chromatophilous [kroh-muh-tof-uh-luhs] /ˌkroʊ məˈtɒf ə ləs/ . staining readily.

noun

a chromophil cell, tissue, or substance.

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Also chro·mo·phile [kroh-muh-fahyl, -fil], /ˈkroʊ məˌfaɪl, -fɪl/, chromatophil, chromatophile [kroh-muh-tuh-fahyl, -fil, kroh-mat-uh-, kruh-] /ˈkroʊ mə təˌfaɪl, -fɪl, kroʊˈmæt ə-, krə-/ .

Origin of chromophil

First recorded in 1895–1900; chromo- + -phil
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Medical definitions for chromophil

chromophil
[ krōmə-fĭl′ ]

n.

A cell or other histologic element that stains readily.

adj.

Staining readily. Used of a cell or cell structure.

Other words from chromophil

chro′mo•philic (krō′mə-fĭlĭk) adj.
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