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heterophil

[het-er-uh-fil]
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adjective
  1. Also het·er·o·phil·ic. Immunology. (of an antibody) having an affinity for an antigen other than its specific antigen.
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noun
  1. Cell Biology. a neutrophil.
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Also het·er·o·phile [het-er-uh-fahyl] /ˈhɛt ər əˌfaɪl/.

Origin of heterophil

First recorded in 1915–20; hetero- + -phil
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heterophil in Medicine

heterophil

(hĕtə-rō-fĭl′)
n.
  1. A granulocyte; in humans, a neutrophil.
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adj.
  1. Relating to heterogenetic antigens or to antibodies directed against such antigens.
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