neutrophil

[noo-truh-fil, nyoo-]
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-] .


Origin:
1885–90; neutro- + -phil

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neutrophil or neutrophile (ˈnjuːtrəˌfɪl, ˈnjuːtrəˌfaɪl)
 
n
1.  a leucocyte having a lobed nucleus and a fine granular cytoplasm, which stains with neutral dyes
 
adj
2.  (of cells and tissues) readily stainable by neutral dyes
 
neutrophile or neutrophile
 
n
 
adj

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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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Evidence suggests that chronic pain may impair the action of neutrophils, thereby weakening the immune response.
Equally worrying is another of its side effects: a sometimes fatal lowered count of white blood cells that are called neutrophils.
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