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granulocyte Line breaks: gran¦ulo|cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈɡranjʊlə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪt/

Definition of granulocyte in English:


A white blood cell with secretory granules in its cytoplasm, e.g. an eosinophil or a basophil.
Example sentences
  • White blood cells called granulocytes and lymphocytes travel along the walls of blood vessels.
  • These stem cells proliferate and differentiate into granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils), monocytes and lymphocytes, which together comprise the absolute white blood cell count.
  • These are the eosinophils, neutrophils, and basophils (collectively known as granulocytes or polymorphonuclear leukocytes), mast cells, and monocytes.


Pronunciation: /ɡranjʊlə(ʊ)ˌˈsɪtɪk/
Example sentences
  • Erythrocytic and granulocytic elements were extremely rare.
  • The bone marrow is also hypercellular with varying amounts of granulocytic and erythroid hyperplasia.
  • The most common type of myeloid sarcoma is the granulocytic type, composed of myeloblasts, neutrophils, and neutrophil precursors.


Early 20th century: from late Latin granulum 'granule' + -cyte.

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