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basophilic

[bey-suh-fil-ik] /ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl ɪk/
adjective, Biology
1.
having an affinity for basic stains.
Also, basophilous
[bey-sof-uh-luh s] /beɪˈsɒf ə ləs/ (Show IPA),
basophil, basophile.
Origin of basophilic
1890-1895
1890-95; basophil + -ic
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  • The basophilic variety is less common, and is confined to long-standing severe myelogenous leukemia.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • Myelocytes are named according to the character of their granules—neutrophilic, eosinophilic, and basophilic myelocytes.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • Nuclei, basophilic granules, and all blood parasites are blue; erythrocytes are red or pink; eosinophilic granules, bright red.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd

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