neutrophil

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

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When super-concentrated, these green neutrophils can make your mucus appear straight-up verdant. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If You Have Yellow Mucus," 15 Mar. 2019 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Washington Post, "How the flu hijacks your body to make you feel so wretched," 17 Feb. 2018 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Newsweek, "Here's How The Flu Attacks Your Body—And Why It's So Painful," 17 Feb. 2018 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Washington Post, "How the flu hijacks your body to make you feel so wretched," 17 Feb. 2018 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Newsweek, "Here's How The Flu Attacks Your Body—And Why It's So Painful," 17 Feb. 2018 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Washington Post, "How the flu hijacks your body to make you feel so wretched," 17 Feb. 2018 The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Laura Haynes, Newsweek, "Here's How The Flu Attacks Your Body—And Why It's So Painful," 17 Feb. 2018 Researchers specifically studied the movement of neutrophils -- a type of white blood cell -- when combined with soup. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Does chicken soup really help fight a cold?," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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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 neutrophilic (audio) \ also neutrophile \ ˈn(y)ü-​trə-​ˌfīl How to pronounce neutrophile (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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