One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an erythrocyte: having an affinity for both basic and acidic stains (and so recognizable by its appearance when a mixed stain is used). Also: of or relating to such erythrocytes, which are characteristic of an early stage in the development of the cell.
A polychromatophil erythrocyte.
Late 19th century. From polychromat- + -o- + -phile, after German polychromatophil.
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