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argyrophilic Line breaks: ar¦gyro|phil¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɑːdʒɪrə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk/

Definition of argyrophilic in English:


(Of cells or their contents) readily stained black by silver salts.
Example sentences
  • Reticular fibers are argyrophilic and therefore stain with silver stains such as Wilder's method.
  • Case 1 was highly cellular, contained scattered cells with argyrophilic granules, and was not associated with cancerization of lobules.
  • The argyrophilic neurofibrils are unique to nerve cells.


Example sentences
  • An argyrophil stain readily reveals the true neuroendocrine nature of metastatic carcinoid tumors.
  • There is no significant difference in the frequency of argyrophil cells in relation to the histological type.
Example sentences
  • The cytoplasmic granules showed argyrophilia on Grimelius staining.
  • Because of the affinity of nerve cells and their processes for silver solutions (argyrophilia), silver impregnation methods are frequently used to demonstrate them.
  • Silver impregnations did not demonstrate argyrophilia or argentaffinity.


1930s: from Greek arguro- (from arguros 'silver') + -philic (see -philia).

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