Basophilic is a technical term used by histologists. It describes the microscopic appearance of cells and tissues, as seen down the
microscope, after a histological sectionhas been stained with a basic dye. The most common such dye is haematoxylin.
Basophilic describes the appearance of structures seen in histological sections which take up basic dyes. The structures usually stained are those that contain
nucleic acidsuch as the cell nucleusand ribosomes.
"Basophils" are cells that "love" base, and which usually show up deep blue under standard staining techniques (H&E). Specifically, this term refers to:
anterior pituitary basophils
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basophilic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary base + o + philic Date: circa 1894 staining readily with basic stains … New Collegiate Dictionary
basophilic — /bay seuh fil ik/, adj. Biol. having an affinity for basic stains. Also, basophilous /bay sof euh leuhs/, basophil, basophile. [1890 95; BASOPHIL + IC] * * * … Universalium
basophilic — adjective Describing biological tissue that stains readily with basic dyes … Wiktionary
basophilic — Denoting tissue components having an affinity for basic dyes. SYN: basophil (2), basophile. * * * ba·so·phil·ic fil ik also ba·so·phil bā sə .fil, zə or ba·so·phile .fīl adj staining readily with or being a basic stain * * * adj. readily… … Medical dictionary
basophilic — adj. having an affinity for basic stains (Biology) … English contemporary dictionary
basophilic — [ˌbeɪsə(ʊ) fɪlɪk] adjective Physiology (of a cell or its contents) readily stained with basic dyes … English new terms dictionary
basophilic — ba·so·phil·ic … English syllables
basophilic — adj.; see basophil … The new mediacal dictionary
basophilic — ba•so•phil•ic [[t]ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl ɪk[/t]] also ba•soph•i•lous [[t]beɪˈsɒf ə ləs[/t]] adj. lab (of a cell, cytoplasm, etc.) having an affinity for basic stains • Etymology: 1890–95 … From formal English to slang
basophilic — adjective staining readily with basic dyes (Freq. 2) • Pertains to noun: ↑basophilia • Derivationally related forms: ↑basophilia • Topics: ↑biology, ↑biological science … Useful english dictionary