[ as-truh-sahyt ]
/ ˈæs trəˌsaɪt /

noun Cell Biology.

a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.

Origin of astrocyte

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

Related forms

as·tro·cyt·ic [as-truh-sit-ik] /ˌæs trəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for astrocyte


/ (ˈæstrəʊˌsaɪt) /


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


[ ăstrə-sīt′ ]


One of the large neuroglia cells of nervous tissue.astroglia Deiters' cell macroglia
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Science definitions for 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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