- 1. A condition in which there are more than the usual number of basophilic leukocytes in the circulating blood (basophilic leukocytosis) or an increase in the proportion of parenchymatous basophilic cells in an organ (in the bone marrow, basophilic hyperplasia). 2. A condition in which basophilic erythrocytes are found in circulating blood, as in certain instances of leukemia, advanced anemia, malaria, and plumbism. SYN: Grawitz b.. 3. The reaction of immature erythrocytes to basic dyes whereby the cells appear blue or contain bluish granules. SYN: basophilism.
* * *ba·so·phil·ia .bā-sə-'fil-ē-ə, -zə- n1) tendency to stain with basic dyes2) an abnormal condition in which some tissue element has increased basophilia
* * *n.1. a property of a microscopic structure whereby it shows an affinity for basic dyes.2. an increase in the number of certain white blood cells (basophil) in the blood, which may occur in a variety of blood diseases.
* * *ba·so·phil·ia (ba″so-filґe-ə) 1. an abnormal increase of basophils in the blood, as seen in myxedema, hypothyroid conditions, ulcerative colitis, certain types of anemia, and other conditions. Called also basophilism and basophilic leukocytosis. 2. the reaction of immature erythrocytes to basic dyes so that they become stippled; there are two varieties, diffuse b. and punctate b.
Medical dictionary. 2011.