[ pŏl′ē-krō-mătə-fĭl′, -krōmə-tə- ]


A young or degenerated red blood cell staining with acid, neutral, or basic dyes.polychromatic cell polychromatocyte


Staining readily with acid, neutral, or basic dyes.
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Examples from the Web for polychromatophil

  • The polychromatophil discs are not, they say, dying forms, but on the contrary represent young individuals.

  • The polychromatophil degeneration can frequently be observed in nucleated red blood corpuscles, particularly in the megaloblasts.