basophil leucocyte

basophil leucocyte

staining where they combine with nucleic acids, e.g. fuchsin as used in the Feulgen stain for DNA.

basophil leucocyte

a type of white blood cell (of the GRANULOCYTE group) which takes up the stain of a basic dye. Basophils form a tiny proportion of the adult human leucocytes (about 1%), being produced in the bone marrow and have a function which is probably associated with the IMMUNE RESPONSE e.g. in chickenpox infection.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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