This article is about cells in the pituitary gland. For the class of blood cells, see Basophil granulocyte
An anterior pituitary basophil is a type of cell in the anterior pituitary which manufactures hormones.
It is called a basophil because it readily takes up bases, and typically stains a relatively deep blue or purple.
These basophils are further classified by the hormones they produce. (It is usually not possible to distinguish between these cell types using standard staining techniques.)
*Produced only in pregnancy by the developing embryo.
B-FLAT for Basophils: FSH, LH, ACTH, TSH
- ^ Histology image:14002loa from Vaughan, Deborah (2002). A Learning System in Histology: CD-ROM and Guide. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195151732.