a granular type of phagocytic white blood cell in vertebrate blood, stainable by neutral dyes
Origin of neutrophilfrom neutral + -phil (var. of -phile)
easily stained by neutral dyes
A phagocytic, granulocytic white blood cell that occurs in large numbers in the blood, typically moving into tissue after injury or infection, where it destroys bacteria and other pathogens and releases cytokines.
Origin of neutrophilneutr(al) -phil(e)
(comparative more neutrophil, superlative most neutrophil)
- (biology, medicine) Such a cell, especially a white blood cell.
From German Neutrophil, from neutro- (“neutro-") + -phil (“-phile").