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[den-drahyt] /ˈdɛn draɪt/
Petrology, Mineralogy.
  1. a branching figure or marking, resembling moss or a shrub or tree in form, found on or in certain stones or minerals due to the presence of a foreign material.
  2. any arborescent crystalline growth.
Anatomy. the branching process of a neuron that conducts impulses toward the cell.
Origin of dendrite
1720-30; < Greek dendrī́tēs pertaining to a tree, equivalent to dendr- dendr- + -ītēs -ite1 Unabridged
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Also called dendron. any of the short branched threadlike extensions of a nerve cell, which conduct impulses towards the cell body
a branching mosslike crystalline structure in some rocks and minerals
a crystal that has branched during growth and has a treelike form
Derived Forms
dendritic (dɛnˈdrɪtɪk), dendritical, adjective
dendritically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Greek dendritēs relating to a tree
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Word Origin and History for dendrite

mid-18c., from Greek dendrites "of or pertaining to a tree," from dendron "tree" (see dendro-). The mineral so called for its markings.

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dendrite in Medicine

dendrite den·drite (děn'drīt')
Any of the various branched protoplasmic extensions of a nerve cell that conducts impulses from adjacent cells inward toward the cell body. Also called dendritic process, dendron, neurodendrite, neurodendron.

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dendrite in Science
  1. Any of several parts branching from the body of a neuron that receive and transmit nerve impulses.

  2. A mineral that has a branching crystal pattern. Dendrites often form within or on the surface of other minerals and often consist of manganese oxides.

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