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ˈnu trə fɪl, ˈnyu-; -ˌfaɪlneu·trophil

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  1. neutrophil, neutrophilenoun

    the chief phagocytic leukocyte; stains with either basic or acid dyes


  1. neutrophilnoun

    Such a cell, especially a white blood cell.

  2. neutrophiladjective

    Of a cell: being more easily or more fully stained by neutral dyes than by acidic or alkaline (basic) ones.

  3. Etymology: From Neutrophil, from neutro- + -phil.


  1. Neutrophil

    Neutrophils (also known as neutrocytes, heterophils or polymorphonuclear leukocytes) are the least abundant type of granulocytes and make up 40% to 70% of all white blood cells in humans. They form an essential part of the innate immune system, with their functions varying in different animals.They are formed from stem cells in the bone marrow and differentiated into subpopulations of neutrophil-killers and neutrophil-cagers. They are short-lived and highly mobile, as they can enter parts of tissue where other cells/molecules cannot. Neutrophils may be subdivided into segmented neutrophils and banded neutrophils (or bands). They form part of the polymorphonuclear cells family (PMNs) together with basophils and eosinophils.The name neutrophil derives from staining characteristics on hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) histological or cytological preparations. Whereas basophilic white blood cells stain dark blue and eosinophilic white blood cells stain bright red, neutrophils stain a neutral pink. Normally, neutrophils contain a nucleus divided into 2–5 lobes.Neutrophils are a type of phagocyte and are normally found in the bloodstream. During the beginning (acute) phase of inflammation, particularly as a result of bacterial infection, environmental exposure, and some cancers, neutrophils are one of the first responders of inflammatory cells to migrate toward the site of inflammation. They migrate through the blood vessels and then through interstitial space, following chemical signals such as interleukin-8 (IL-8), C5a, fMLP, Leukotriene B4, and H2O2 in a process called chemotaxis. They are the predominant cells in pus, accounting for its whitish/yellowish appearance.Neutrophils are recruited to the site of injury within minutes following trauma and are the hallmark of acute inflammation; however, due to some pathogens being indigestible, they might not be able to resolve certain infections without the assistance of other types of immune cells.


  1. neutrophil

    A neutrophil is a type of white blood cell that is one of the first cell types to travel to the site of an infection. It is the most abundant white blood cell, representing 50-70% of all white blood cells, and plays a crucial role in defending the body against diseases as part of the body's immune system. Neutrophils are characterized by their ability to engulf and digest foreign bacteria and debris in a process known as phagocytosis.


  1. Neutrophil

    Granular leukocytes having a nucleus with three to five lobes connected by slender threads of chromatin, and cytoplasm containing fine inconspicuous granules and stainable by neutral dyes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neutrophil in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neutrophil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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