adjective Date: 1897 of a white blood cell having the nucleus complexly lobed • polymorphonuclear noun

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  • polymorphonuclear — [päl΄i môr΄fō no͞o′klē ər, päl΄i môr΄fōnyo͞o′klē ər] adj. having a lobed nucleus, as the neutrophils …   English World dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — Having nuclei of varied forms; denoting a variety of leukocyte. [G. polymorphos, multiform, + L. nucleus, kernel] * * * poly·mor·pho·nu·cle·ar .mȯr fə n(y)ü klē ər adj of a leukocyte having the nucleus complexly lobed specif being a mature… …   Medical dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — I. |pälē|mȯrfə, lə̇|m + adjective Etymology: polymorphous + nuclear 1. of a leukocyte : having the nucleus complexly lobed 2. : being a neutrophil or other leukocyte of typical mature form with distinctly lobed nucleus II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — /pol ee mawr feuh nooh klee euhr, nyooh / or, by metathesis, / kyeuh leuhr/, adj. Cell Biol. (of a leukocyte) having a lobulate nucleus. [1895 1900; POLY + MORPHO + NUCLEAR] Pronunciation. See nuclear. * * * …   Universalium

  • polymorphonuclear — 1. adjective Having a nucleus with lobes of diverse shapes , Chinese: Mandarin: 2. noun Such a leucocyte; a neutrophil , Chinese: Mandarin …   Wiktionary

  • polymorphonuclear — adj. (Biology) having a lobular nucleus (about white blood cells) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — [ˌpɒlɪˌmɔ:fə(ʊ) nju:klɪə] adjective Physiology (of a leucocyte) having a nucleus with several lobes and cytoplasm that contains granules …   English new terms dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — poly·mor·pho·nuclear …   English syllables

  • polymorphonuclear neutrophil — (PMN) the usual type of mature neutrophil, which has a multilobar nucleus; see also polymorphonuclear leukocyte, under leukocyte …   Medical dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear leukocyte — (PMN) (pol e mor fo noo kle ěr) A leukocyte that has a variety of nuclear forms …   Dictionary of microbiology

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