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basophil

 [ba´so-fil]
1. any structure, cell, or histologic element staining readily with basic dyes.
2. a granular leukocyte with an irregularly shaped, pale-staining nucleus that is partially constricted into two lobes, and with cytoplasm containing coarse bluish-black granules of variable size; about 1 per cent bring anticoagulants to inflamed tissues. Called also basophilic leukocyte.
3. one of the hormone-producing basophilic cells of the adenohypophysis; types include gonadotrophs and thyrotrophs. Called also beta cell.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ba·so·phil

, basophile (bā'sō-fil, -fīl),
1. A cell with granules that stain specifically with basic dyes.
2. Synonym(s): basophilic
3. A phagocytic leukocyte of the blood characterized by numerous basophilic granules containing heparin, histamine, and leukotrines; except for its segmented nucleus, it is morphologically and physiologically similar to the mast cell although they originate from different stem cells in the bone marrow.
[baso- + G. philēo, to love]
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basophil

(bā′sə-fĭl, -zə-) also

basophile

(-fīl′, -fĭl)
n.
A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.
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basophil

A type of granular leukocyte with large, distinctly basophilic/“blue” secondary granules containing heparin, histamine, platelet-activating factor (PAF) and other mediators of the immediate hypersensitivity response, which are released when IgE cross-links to the high-affinity Fc receptors on the cell surface.
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basophil

Basophilic granulocyte Hematology A type of granular WBC with large distinctly basophilic/“blue” 2º granules containing heparin, histamine, PAF and other mediators of the immediate hypersensitivity response, which are released when IgE cross-links to the high affinity Fc receptors on the cell surface
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ba·so·phil

, basophile (bā'sō-fil, -fīl)
1. A cell with granules that stain specifically with basic dyes.
2. Synonym(s): basophilic.
3. A phagocytic leukocyte of the blood characterized by basophilic granules containing heparin and histamine; except for its segmented nucleus, it is morphologically and physiologically similar to the mast cell, although the two cell types originate from different stem cells in the bone marrow.
[baso- + G. philēo, to love]
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basophil

Having an affinity for alkali. The term is used conveniently to refer to the group of blood white cells (leukocytes) whose internal granules take up an alkaline stain. The granules in basophils are mainly histamine and it is the release of this powerful chemical that causes most of the trouble in allergy. Basophils closely resemble tissue MAST CELLS.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Basophil

White blood cell that increases in response to parasitic infections and allergic reactions.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ba·so·phil

, basophile (bā'sō-fil, -fīl)
A phagocytic leukocyte of the blood characterized by numerous basophilic granules containing heparin, histamine, and leukotrines.
[baso- + G. philēo, to love]
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