heterophil

[het-er-uh-fil]
adjective
1.
Also, heterophilic. Immunology. (of an antibody) having an affinity for an antigen other than its specific antigen.
noun
2.
Cell Biology. a neutrophil.
Also, heterophile [het-er-uh-fahyl] .


Origin:
1915–20; hetero- + -phil

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heterophil het·er·o·phil (hět'ə-rō-fĭl') or het·er·o·phile (-fīl')
n.
A granulocyte; in humans, a neutrophil. adj.
Relating to heterogenetic antigens or to antibodies directed against such antigens.

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The objective of this study was to determine if probiotic bacteria can also up regulate heterophil function.
The objective of this study was to determine whether probiotic bacteria can also up regulate heterophil function.
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