Description: A white blood cell.
Location: Travel through the blood stream.
Weapons: Granule "grenades" release chemicals that help induce inflammation.
Appearance: 14-16 micrometers in height, contain granules that appear dark blue with typical stains, and a large double-lobed nucleus.
Source: Like other blood cells, basophils arise from stem cells in the bone marrow.
Life span: Unknown
Number: Around 1 billion in an average adult, however this number changes rapidly in response to certain pathogens. It is the least common type of white blood cell.
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