basophil

noun
ba·​so·​phil | \ ˈbā-sə-ˌfil How to pronounce basophil (audio) , -zə-\
variants: or less commonly basophile \ ˈbā-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)l How to pronounce basophile (audio) , -​zə-​ \

Definition of basophil

: a basophilic substance or structure especially : a white blood cell containing basophilic granules that is similar in function to a mast cell

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The antibodies hold onto white blood cells, called mast cells and basophils. Maureen Langley, Post-Tribune, "Experts: Indiana's allergy season worse than usual this year," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of basophil

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basophil

noun derivative of basophil, basophile "basophilic," borrowed from German basophil, from Base base entry 1 or basisch basic entry 1 + -o- -o- + -phil -phil entry 2

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The first known use of basophil was circa 1890

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basophil

noun
ba·​so·​phil | \ ˈbā-sə-ˌfil How to pronounce basophil (audio) , -zə- How to pronounce basophil (audio) \
variants: also basophile \ -​ˌfīl How to pronounce basophile (audio) \

Medical Definition of basophil

: a basophilic substance or structure especially : a white blood cell with basophilic granules that is similar in function to a mast cell

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