Meaning of basophilic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbeɪsə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk/


  • (of a cell or its contents) readily stained with basic dyes.

    ‘The cytoplasm remains basophilic and stains blue.’
    • ‘The cytoplasm is granular and basophilic with Romanowsky stains.’
    • ‘The matrix or ground substance of cartilage is strongly basophilic and stains metachromatically with toluidine blue and other similar basic dyes.’
    • ‘Cytoplasm was abundant and intensely basophilic with Giemsa stain.’
    • ‘Toluidine blue is a basophilic dye, implying that it stains acid compounds (such as DNA and RNA and acid mucopolysaccharides).’