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 section has 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 acid such as the cell nucleus and 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:

* basophil granulocytes
* anterior pituitary basophils

ee also

* Acidophile (histology)

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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

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