Neutrophils have “neutral” subtle granules;
Eosinophils have prominent granules that stain readily with the acid dye eosin; and
Basophils have prominent granules that stain readily basic (non acidic) dyes.
This classification dates back to a time when certain structures could be identified in cells by histochemistry, but the functions of these intracellular structures were still not yet fathomed. However, the classification of granulocytes into neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils is still widely used (and quite useful).
White Blood Cells that help the body fight infections and other diseases. Also called white blood cells (WBCs).
A condition in which the number of white blood cells is higher than normal.
A disorder of the white matter of the brain. The white matter mainly consists of nerve fibers rather than nerve cells themselves, and it is concerned with conduction of nerve impulses.
- Leukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matter
An inherited brain disease that occurs mainly in children. and follows a chronic progressive course with additional episodes of rapid deterioration following stress from febrile infection or minor head trauma. Leukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matter (VWM) is due to mutations in either of two genes — in either the EIF2B5 gene on chromosome 3q27 or […]
A shortage of white blood cells.