from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cell, especially a white blood cell, having granules that stain readily with basic dyes.

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  • n. Any cell that has granules stained by basic stains; but especially granular leukocytes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cytology, staining deeply with basic dyes only: said of a cell or part of a cell: opposed to acidophil. Also used substantively.

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  • n. a leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains


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  • Hyperimmune responses, either at the initial immunisation challenge or in the amplification of immune response, can be observed in cellular mechanisms such as basophil degranulation, or at a molecular level, with changes in the levels of messengers such as leukotrienes; reduction of the intensity of these mechanisms are described in terms of molecular pharmacology, such as selective or nonselective inhibition of lipoxygenases.

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  • "Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE".

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  • When an allergen binds between two IgE antibodies, it induces degranulation of a mast cell/basophil, which leads to the rapid release of histamine and the more gradual release of other mediators such as leukotrienes and cytokines.

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  • These marrow cells proper, or myelocytes, resemble in appearance lymphoid corpuscles, and like them are ameboid; they generally have a hyaline protoplasm, though some show granules either oxyphil or basophil in reaction.

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  • These basophil granules have been named chromatin or basichromatin and owe their staining properties to the presence of nucleic acid.

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  • They are formed of a soft protoplasm, containing granules which are basophil in character.

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  • The vacuoles are filled with fluid, and the protoplasm between the spaces is clear, with occasionally a few scattered basophil granules.

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  • Leucocytes having in their protoplasm granules which stain with basic dyes (basophil) have been described as occurring in human blood, but they are rarely found except in disease.

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