- Petrology, Mineralogy.
- 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.
- any arborescent crystalline growth.
- Anatomy. the branching process of a neuron that conducts impulses toward the cell.
Origin of dendrite
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Dendrite, den′drīt, n. a mineral in which are figures resembling plants.
These axon runners from one cell connect through synapses to dendrite runners on other cells.Sequential Problem Solving
- 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
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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- Any of the various branched protoplasmic extensions of a nerve cell that conducts impulses from adjacent cells inward toward the cell body.dendritic process dendron neurodendrite neurodendron
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- Any of several parts branching from the body of a neuron that receive and transmit nerve impulses.
- 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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