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granulocyte

[ gran-yuh-loh-sahyt ]
/ ˈgræn yə loʊˌsaɪt /
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noun Cell Biology.
a circulating white blood cell having prominent granules in the cytoplasm and a nucleus of two or more lobes.
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Also called polymorph.

Origin of granulocyte

First recorded in 1905–10; granule + -o- + -cyte

OTHER WORDS FROM granulocyte

gran·u·lo·cyt·ic [gran-yuh-loh-sit-ik], /ˌgræn yə loʊˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for granulocyte

granulocyte
/ (ˈɡrænjʊləˌsaɪt) /

noun
any of a group of phagocytic leucocytes having cytoplasmic granules that take up various dyesSee also eosinophil, neutrophil (def. 1), basophil (def. 2)

Derived forms of granulocyte

granulocytic (ˌɡrænjʊləˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for granulocyte

granulocyte
[ grănyə-lō-sīt′ ]

Any of various white blood cells that contain granular material in the cytoplasm and are immunologically active, especially in phagocytosis. Granulocytes are the most numerous of the white blood cells in humans.
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