- Also het·er·o·phil·ic. Immunology. (of an antibody) having an affinity for an antigen other than its specific antigen.
- Cell Biology. a neutrophil.
Also het·er·o·phile [het-er-uh-fahyl] /ˈhɛt ər əˌfaɪl/.
Origin of heterophil
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- A granulocyte; in humans, a neutrophil.
- Relating to heterogenetic antigens or to antibodies directed against such antigens.
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