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eosinophil

[ee-uh-sin-uh-fil] /ˌi əˈsɪn ə fɪl/
noun
1.
Histology. any cell, tissue, organism, or substance that has an affinity for eosin and other acid stains.
2.
Cell Biology. a leukocyte having eosinophilic granules in the cytoplasm and usually a bilobate nucleus.
adjective
Also, eosinophile
[ee-uh-sin-uh-fahyl] /ˌi əˈsɪn əˌfaɪl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; eosin + -o- + -phil(e)
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  • eosinophil counts often rise in response to allergies, asthma, and parasitic worm infections.
British Dictionary definitions for eosinophil

eosinophil

/ˌiːəʊˈsɪnəˌfɪl/
noun
1.
a leucocyte with a multilobed nucleus and coarse granular cytoplasm that stains readily with acidic dyes such as eosin
Derived Forms
eosinophilic, eosinophilous (ˌiːəʊsɪˈnɒfɪləs) adjective
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eosinophil in Medicine

eosinophil e·o·sin·o·phil (ē'ə-sĭn'ə-fĭl') or e·o·sin·o·phile (-fīl')
n.

  1. A type of white blood cell containing cytoplasmic granules that are easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes. Also called eosinophilic leukocyte, oxyphil, oxyphilic leukocyte.

  2. A microorganism, cell, or histological element easily stained by eosin or other acid dyes.


e'o·sin'o·phil'ic adj.
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