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 (bā′sə-fĭl′ĭk, -zə-)
1. Easily stained with basic dyes. Used of a cell or cell structure.
2. Of or relating to basophils.
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(ˌbeɪ səˈfɪl ɪk)

also ba•soph•i•lous

(beɪˈsɒf ə ləs)

(of a cell, cytoplasm, etc.) having an affinity for basic stains.
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Adj.1.basophilic - staining readily with basic dyes
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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A case of acute basophilic leukemia with a t(9;22) has been described in the literature.
On the other hand, acute basophilic leukemia (ABL) was originally reported over one hundred years before and classified as a distinct entity by the World Health Organization (WHO) classification in 2008 [4].
Patient 1 was a 66-year-old man with secondary acute myeloid basophilic leukemia. He became febrile, and pulmonary nodules and pustular skin lesions developed after induction chemotherapy.