a granular type of phagocytic white blood cell in vertebrate blood, stainable by neutral dyes
Origin of neutrophil; from neutral + -phil (var. of -phile)
easily stained by neutral dyes
Not stained strongly or definitely by either acid or basic dyes but stained readily by neutral dyes. Used especially of white blood cells.
A neutrophil cell, especially an abundant type of granular white blood cell that is highly destructive of microorganisms.
Origin of neutrophilneutr(al) + –phil(e).
- neu′tro·phile′ , neu′tro·phil′ic
(comparative more neutrophil, superlative most neutrophil)
- (biology, medicine) Such a cell, especially a white blood cell.
From German Neutrophil, from neutro- (“neutro-") + -phil (“-phile").