[ ee-uh-sin-uh-fil ]
/ ˌi əˈsɪn ə fɪl /


Histology. any cell, tissue, organism, or substance that has an affinity for eosin and other acid stains.
Cell Biology. a leukocyte having eosinophilic granules in the cytoplasm and usually a bilobate nucleus.


Nearby words

  1. eop,
  2. eos,
  3. eosin,
  4. eosine,
  5. eosinopenia,
  6. eosinophil adenoma,
  7. eosinophil chemotactic factor of anaphylaxis,
  8. eosinophilia,
  9. eosinophilic,
  10. eosinophilic cellulitis

Also e·o·sin·o·phile [ee-uh-sin-uh-fahyl] /ˌi əˈsɪn əˌfaɪl/.

Origin of eosinophil

First recorded in 1885–90; eosin + -o- + -phil(e)

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British Dictionary definitions for eosinophil


eosinophile (ˌiːəʊˈsɪnəˌfaɪl)

/ (ˌiːəʊˈsɪnəˌfɪl) /


a leucocyte with a multilobed nucleus and coarse granular cytoplasm that stains readily with acidic dyes such as eosin
Derived Formseosinophilic or eosinophilous (ˌiːəʊsɪˈnɒfɪləs), adjective

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Medicine definitions for eosinophil


[ ē′ə-sĭnə-fĭl′ ]


A type of white blood cell containing cytoplasmic granules that are easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes.eosinophilic leukocyte oxyphil oxyphilic leukocyte
A microorganism, cell, or histological element easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes.
Related formse′o•sin′o•philic adj.

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