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A leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains.basophil

(Science: haematology) Mammalian granulocyte with large heterochromatic basophilic granules that contain histamine bound to a protein and heparin like mucopolysaccharide matrix. They are not phagocytic. Very similar to mast cells though it is not clear whether they have common lineage. A type of granulocyte (white blood cell) that in synthesised in the bone marrow.