heterophil


heterophil
het·ero·phil (hetґər-o-fil″) [hetero- + -philic] 1. a type of granular leukocyte represented in humans by the neutrophil and in other mammals by cells whose granules have variable sizes and staining characteristics. Called also heterophilic leukocyte. 2. heterophile.

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  • heterophil — he|te|ro|phil <Adj.> [zu griech. phileĩn = lieben] (bildungsspr.): eine Liebesbeziehung, erotische Kontakte zwischen verschiedengeschlechtlichen Partnern ausdrückend, aufweisend. * * * he|te|ro|phil <Adj.> [zu griech. phileĩn =… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • heterophil — n. white blood cell which is easily stained with neutral dyes, neutrophil …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heterophil — het·er·o·phil …   English syllables

  • heterophil — het•er•o•phil [[t]ˈhɛt ər ə fɪl[/t]] adj. imu biochem. reacting with or having an affinity for more than one kind of substance, as an antibody with more than one antigen • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • heterophil — I. adjective see heterophile I II. noun see heterophile II * * * /het euhr euh fil/, adj. 1. Also, heterophilic. Immunol. (of an antibody) having an affinity for an antigen other than its specific antigen. n. 2. Cell Biol. a …   Useful english dictionary

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  • heterophil, heterophile — 1. Pertaining to heterogenetic or cross reacting antigens occurring in different species or to antibodies directed against such antigens. 2. The neutrophilic leukocyte in man; in some animals the granules vary in size and staining reaction.… …   Medical dictionary