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acidophil

[uh-sid-uh-fil, as-i-duh-] /əˈsɪd ə fɪl, ˈæs ɪ də-/
adjective
1.
Biology, Ecology, acidophilic.
noun
2.
Biology. an acidophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance; eosinophil.
Also, acidophile
[uh-sid-uh-fahyl, as-i-duh-] /əˌsɪd əˌfaɪl, ˈæs ɪ də-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of acidophil
1895-1900
1895-1900; acid + -o- + -phil
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  • The nuclei are greenish, the red blood corpuscles orange, the acidophil granulation copper red, the neutrophil violet.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • He distinguishes hyaline, acidophil and basophil cells, and derives all from the lymphocytes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for acidophil

acidophil

/ˈæsɪdəʊˌfɪl; əˈsɪdə-/
adjective
1.
(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by acid dyes
2.
(of microorganisms) growing well in an acid environment
noun
3.
an acidophil organism
Word Origin
C20: see acid, -phile
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acidophil in Medicine

acidophil a·cid·o·phil (ə-sĭd'ə-fĭl, ās'ĭ-də-) or a·cid·o·phile (-fīl')
n.

  1. A cell that stains readily with acid dyes.

  2. A microorganism that grows well in an acid medium.


a·cid'o·phil'ic (-fĭl'ĭk) adj.
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