from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not stained strongly or definitely by either acid or basic dyes but stained readily by neutral dyes. Used especially of white blood cells.
- n. A neutrophil cell, especially an abundant type of granular white blood cell that is highly destructive of microorganisms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a cell: being more easily or more fully stained by neutral dyes than by acidic or alkaline (basic) ones.
- n. Such a cell, especially a white blood cell.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a group of leukocytes whose granules stain only with neutral dyes; it is the chief phagocytic leukocyte in the circulating blood, comprising from 54% to 65% of the total number of leukocytes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the chief phagocytic leukocyte; stains with either basic or acid dyes
neutr(al) + -phil(e).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Neutrophil, from neutro- ("neutro-") + -phil ("-phile"). (Wiktionary)