Definitions for eosinophilicˌi əˌsɪn əˈfɪl ɪk; -sɪˈnɒf ə ləs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
e•o•sin•o•phil•icˌi əˌsɪn əˈfɪl ɪk; -sɪˈnɒf ə ləs(adj.)
also e•o•si•noph•i•lous ; eosinophil
having an affinity for eosin and other acid dyes; acidophilic.
Category: Laboratory Biology
Origin of eosinophilic:
of or relating to eosinophil
That is readily stained by eosin
Of, pertaining to an eosinophil or to eosinophilia
Eosinophilic refers to the staining of certain tissues, cells, or organelles after they have been washed with eosin, a dye. Eosin is an acidic dye; thus, the structure being stained is basic. Eosinophilic describes the appearance of cells and structures seen in histological sections that take up the staining dye eosin. This is a bright-pink dye that stains the cytoplasm of cells, as well as extracellular proteins such as collagen. Such eosinophilic structures are, in general, composed of protein. The stain eosin is usually combined with a stain called hematoxylin to produce a hematoxylin and eosin-stained section. This is the most widely-used histological stain in medical diagnosis; for example, when a pathologist examines a biopsy of a suspected cancer, the biopsy will have been stained with H&E. Some structures seen inside cells are described as being eosinophilic, for example, Lewy bodies, Mallory bodies. Some cells are also described as eosinophilic, such as Leukocytes.
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