- (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
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- 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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- 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.
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