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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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When they colonize sandy outcrops adjacent to calcareous substrates, as it usually occurs in the foothills of calcareous highlands, the vicinity to dry basophilous grasslands favors the entry of several calciphile species like Festuca gracilior, Fumana procumbens, Koeleria vallesiana, Carduncellus monspelliensium and Helianthemum oelandicum subsp.
There are also some basophilous species linked to calcareous plant communities related to similar resource requirements: field crops, poor environments and ruderal habitats.