One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of cells or their contents) readily stained black by silver salts.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Reticular fibers are argyrophilic and therefore stain with silver stains such as Wilder's method.’
1930s: from Greek arguro- (from arguros ‘silver’) + -philic (see -philia).
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