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neutrophil

[noo-truh-fil, nyoo-] /ˈnu trə fɪl, ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
(of a cell or cell part) having an affinity for neutral dyes.
noun
2.
a phagocytic white blood cell having a lobulate nucleus and neutrophil granules in the cytoplasm.
Also, neutrophile
[noo-truh-fahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəˌfaɪl, ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; neutro- + -phil
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British Dictionary definitions for neutrophil

neutrophil

/ˈnjuːtrəˌfɪl/
noun
1.
a leucocyte having a lobed nucleus and a fine granular cytoplasm, which stains with neutral dyes
adjective
2.
(of cells and tissues) readily stainable by neutral dyes
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neutrophil in Medicine

neutrophil neu·tro·phil (nōō'trə-fĭl', nyōō'-) or neu·tro·phile (-fīl')
n.

  1. A neutrophil cell, especially an abundant type of granular white blood cell that is highly destructive of microorganisms.

  2. A cell or tissue that manifests no special affinity for acid or basic dyes.

adj.
Not stained strongly or definitely by either acid or basic dyes but stained readily by neutral dyes. Used especially of white blood cells.
neu'tro·phile' (-fīl') or neu'tro·phil'ic (-fĭl'ĭk) adj.
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