[ 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.


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 forms of eosinophil

eosinophilic or eosinophilous (ˌiːəʊsɪˈnɒfɪləs), adjective
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Medical 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.

Other words from eosinophil

e′o•sin′o•philic adj.
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