neutrophil

adjective
neu·​tro·​phil | \ ˈnü-trə-ˌfil How to pronounce neutrophil (audio) , ˈnyü- \
variants: or neutrophilic \ ˌnü-​trə-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce neutrophil (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \

Definition of neutrophil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: staining to the same degree with acid or basic dyes neutrophil granulocytes

neutrophil

noun

Definition of neutrophil (Entry 2 of 2)

: a granulocyte that is the chief phagocytic white blood cell of the blood

Examples of neutrophil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The morphological changes that dichty’s undergo also occurs in many of the cells of the human body, including a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil. Jen Christiansen, Scientific American, 21 May 2013 The innate immune system, composed of white blood cells such as macrophages, natural killer cells and neutrophils, was supposed to have no such memory. Jop De Vrieze, Science | AAAS, 23 Mar. 2020 The group of immune cells that surge during and after short bouts of exercise, which include neutrophils and natural-killer cells, serve as our frontline defense against invading viruses. Katarina Zimmer, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2020 Ahrenhoerster is so low on neutrophils that her body can't defend itself against the virus. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 The cells patrol the bloodstream and wage war on pathogens, and their defensive role is so vital that people who lose their neutrophils in the course of cancer treatment can die from infections. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 6 Mar. 2020 Afterwards, participants experienced increased neutrophils, a type of aggressive white blood cell, in both their lungs and circulation. Popular Science, 13 Jan. 2020 One of the first responders to microbial invaders is a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 15 Mar. 2019 When super-concentrated, these green neutrophils can make your mucus appear straight-up verdant. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of neutrophil

Adjective

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neutrophil

Adjective

International Scientific Vocabulary neutro- (from Latin neutr-, neuter neither) + -phil

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The first known use of neutrophil was circa 1890

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“Neutrophil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutrophil. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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neutrophil

adjective
neu·​tro·​phil | \ ˈn(y)ü-trə-ˌfil How to pronounce neutrophil (audio) \
variants: or neutrophilic \ ˌn(y)ü-​trə-​ˈfil-​ik How to pronounce neutrophil (audio) \ also neutrophile \ ˈn(y)ü-​trə-​ˌfīl How to pronounce neutrophil (audio) \

Medical Definition of neutrophil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: staining to the same degree with acid or basic dyes neutrophil granulocytes

neutrophil

noun
variants: also neutrophile

Medical Definition of neutrophil (Entry 2 of 2)

: a granulocyte that is the chief phagocytic white blood cell

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