Definition of argyrophilic in English:

argyrophilic

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

Biology
  • (Of cells or their contents) readily stained black by silver salts.
    More 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.

Derivatives

argyrophil

adjective
More 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.

argyrophilia

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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