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 (bā′sə-fĭl, -zə-) also ba·so·phile (-fīl′, -fĭl)
A white blood cell that when activated releases histamine and other substances that are involved in allergic reactions. Basophils are found chiefly in the blood and sites of inflammation and have cytoplasmic granules that are stained with basic dyes.

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a cell or tissue that stains easily. — basophilic, basophilous, adj.
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Noun1.basophile - a leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains
leucocyte, leukocyte, WBC, white blood cell, white blood corpuscle, white cell, white corpuscle - blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system
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The Basophile counts of quail chicks at days 14 21 and 28 post experiment in G7 differed non-significantly (Pless than 0.05) with G3 to G6.
Finding of present study indicated that that the progressive aerobic exercise caused significant increase inlocosyte, lymphosyt, monocyte, notrophile, basophile and eosonophile in athletes but showed no significant alteration in HS-CRP.The progressive aerobic exercise caused significant increase inlocosyte, lymphosyt, monocyte, notrophile, basophile, eosonophilein non-athlete group.The comparison of one session aerobic exercise between athletes and non-athletes showed significant inlocosyte, lymphosytnotrophile, basophile and HS-CRP but was not significant in monocyte, eosonophile.
Some basophile species are present, such as Medicago minima.
Uber das basophile adenom der hypophyse, die zerebrale fettsucht und die pseudohypertrophie der muskeln.
There is no granular stratum formed by polyhedral cells with granules of keratohyaline basophiles. The corneum stratumis characterized by flattened dead cells with no nucleus, full of keratin, forming a thin soft keratin surface layer.
Inflammatory response is a series of dynamic coordinated reactions consisting of specific vascular, humoral and cellular events that are characterized by the movement of fluids, plasma and inflammatory leukocytes (including neutrophils, basophiles and macrophages) to the site of inflammation [11,31].
After contact with an allergen, mast cells and basophiles release chemical mediators.
In other studies, noise exposure has been associated with imbalances of other blood components: magnesium, leukocytes (especially eosinophils and basophiles), blood viscosity, platelet count, lymphokines, triglycerides, sex hormones, and retention of sodium in the kidneys.