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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above
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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“Basophil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basophil. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.
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