Also found in: Medical, Wikipedia.


 (pŏl′ē-krō-măt′ə-fĭl′ē-ə) also pol·y·chro·mo·phil·i·a (-krō′mə-fĭl′ē-ə)
Affinity for more than one type of stain, especially for both basic and acidic stains.

pol′y·chro·mat′o·phil′ic (-fĭl′ĭk), pol′y·chro·mat′o·phile′ adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Caption: FIGURE 1: Peripheral blood smear showing polychromatophilia, numerous microspherocytes, and erythroblasts, some of which are dysplastic; schizocytes, Heinz bodies, and "bite cells" were not seen (Giemsa stain).
32.8 g/dL Red cell distribution width 18.9 % Polychromatophilia 3+ N/A Analyte Reference range High/low Sodium 146-151 Low Potassium 3.8-5.6 High Magnesium 3.8-5.5 Low Total bilirubin 0.0-0.1 High Alanine aminotransferase 59-166 Low Alkaline phosphatase 232-632 Low Amylase 545-847 Low Total protein 5.8-7.1 Low Albumin 3.2-3.7 Low Globulin 2.6-3.5 Low Cholesterol 50-92 High Triglycerides 101-369 Low Creatine kinase 113-692 High Red blood cell count 7.0-9.0 Low Hemoglobin 13.7-16.8 Low Mean corpuscular volume 49.9-58.3 High Mean corpuscular hemoglobin conc.
In the blood smear it is common to observe spherocytosis, anisopoikilocytosis, fragmented red cells, basophilic stippling, polychromatophilia, autoagglutination, and nucleated erythrocytes [1, 4].