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astrocyte

[ as-truh-sahyt ]
/ ˈæs trəˌsaɪt /
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noun Cell Biology.
a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.
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Origin of astrocyte

First recorded in 1895–1900; astro- + -cyte

OTHER WORDS FROM astrocyte

as·tro·cyt·ic [as-truh-sit-ik], /ˌæs trəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for astrocyte

astrocyte
/ (ˈæstrəʊˌsaɪt) /

noun
any of the star-shaped cells in the tissue supporting the brain and spinal cord (neuroglia)
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Scientific definitions for astrocyte

astrocyte
[ ăstrə-sīt′ ]

A star-shaped cell, especially one of the glial cells that support the tissue of the central nervous system.
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