[noo-truh-fil, nyoo-]


(of a cell or cell part) having an affinity for neutral dyes.


a phagocytic white blood cell having a lobulate nucleus and neutrophil granules in the cytoplasm.

Also neu·tro·phile [noo-truh-fahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəˌfaɪl, ˈnyu-/.

Origin of neutrophil

First recorded in 1885–90; neutro- + -phil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neutrophil

Historical Examples of neutrophil

  • The mast cell granulations are stained pure blue, the eosinophil red, the neutrophil in mixed colour.

  • The nuclei are greenish, the red blood corpuscles orange, the acidophil granulation copper red, the neutrophil violet.

  • In isolated cases the increase at this time was very considerable; and in one case amounted almost to 12% of all neutrophil cells.

  • The mononuclear and transitional forms of the neutrophil group, do not under normal circumstances pass over into the blood-stream.

  • Of great theoretical interest is the contrast between eosinophil and neutrophil cells.

British Dictionary definitions for neutrophil


neutrophile (ˈnjuːtrəˌfaɪl)


a leucocyte having a lobed nucleus and a fine granular cytoplasm, which stains with neutral dyes


(of cells and tissues) readily stainable by neutral dyes
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neutrophil in Medicine




A neutrophil cell, especially an abundant type of granular white blood cell that is highly destructive of microorganisms.
A cell or tissue that manifests no special affinity for acid or basic dyes.


Not stained strongly or definitely by either acid or basic dyes but stained readily by neutral dyes. Used especially of white blood cells.
Related formsneutro•phile′ (-fīl′) null adj.
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