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[bey-suh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh] /ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl i ə, -ˈfil yə/
noun, Pathology
an abnormal increase in the number of basophils in the blood, occurring in some types of leukemia, severe anemia, and other disorders.
Origin of basophilia
1900-05; basophil + -ia Unabridged
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  • In addition, rats and mice often showed kidney effects such as renal tubular basophilia and alterations in urinalysis parameters.
British Dictionary definitions for basophilia


an abnormal increase of basophil leucocytes in the blood
the affinity of a biological specimen for basic dyes
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basophilia in Medicine

basophilia ba·so·phil·i·a (bā'sə-fĭl'ē-ə, -zə-)

  1. The affinity of cellular structures for basic dyes, such as methylene blue.

  2. An increase in the number of basophils in the circulating blood. Also called basophilism.

  3. An abnormal stippling of red blood cells with basic staining granules.

ba'so·phil'ic (-fĭl'ĭk) adj.
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