neutrophil

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Etymology[edit]

From German Neutrophil, from neutro- (neutro-) + -phil (-phile).

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Adjective[edit]

neutrophil (comparative more neutrophil, superlative most neutrophil)

  1. (biology, medicine) Of a cell: being more easily or more fully stained by neutral dyes than by acidic or alkaline (basic) ones.

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Noun[edit]

neutrophil (plural neutrophils)

  1. (biology, medicine) Such a cell, especially a white blood cell.
    • 2011, Terence Allen and Graham Cowling, The Cell: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2011, p. 89:
      One litre of human blood contains about five billion neutrophils (around half of all white blood cells).

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