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an abnormal increase in the number of basophils in the blood, occurring in some types of leukemia, severe anemia, and other disorders.
an abnormal increase of basophil leucocytes in the blood
the affinity of a biological specimen for basic dyes

basophilia ba·so·phil·i·a (bā’sə-fĭl’ē-ə, -zə-)

The affinity of cellular structures for basic dyes, such as methylene blue.

An increase in the number of basophils in the circulating blood. Also called basophilism.

An abnormal stippling of red blood cells with basic staining granules.

ba’so·phil’ic (-fĭl’ĭk) adj.


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