heterophil, heterophile


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. [hetero- + G. philos, fond]

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