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neu·tro·phil, neutrophile (nū'trō-fil, -fīl),
See also: leukocyte, leukocytosis.
neutrophilA phagocytic WBC, normally constituting 60-70% of circulating WBCs. See Band, Dysplastic neutrophil, Hypersegmented neutrophil, Polymorphonuclear neutrophil.
neu·tro·phil, neutrophile (nū'trō-fil, -fīl)
See also: leukocyte, leukocytosis
neutrophil, neutrophile (noo'tro-fil?, nu') (-fil?) [ neutro- + -phile],
As part of a severe inflammatory response or autoimmune disorder, neutrophils may begin attacking normal cells and cause tissue damage. This occurs in adult respiratory distress syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, myocarditis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Corticosteroids are the most commonly used drugs to minimize the damage caused by severe inflammation. Synonym: neutrophilic leukocyte See: illustration; blood for illus.