punctate basophilia -->
1. A speckling of a blood cell or other structure with fine dots when exposed to the action of a basic stain, due to the presence of free basophil granules in the cell protoplasm.
Synonym: punctate basophilia.
2. An orange peel appearance of the attached gingiva.
3. A roughening of the surfaces of a denture base to stimulate natural gingival stippling.