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[glahy-uh, glee-uh] /ˈglaɪ ə, ˈgli ə/
noun, Anatomy.
Origin of glia
First recorded in 1885-90, glia is from the Late Greek word glía glue
Related forms
glial, adjective Unabridged
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  • It presupposes an active interposition of the glia cells between the axon of one neuron and the dendrons of another.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for glia


the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cells Also called neuroglia
Derived Forms
glial, adjective
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glia in Medicine

glia gli·a (glē'ə, glī'ə)
See neuroglia.

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glia in Science
  (glē'ə, glī'ə)   
The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system.

glial adjective
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