• synonyms


noun Cell Biology.
  1. a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.
Show More

Origin of astrocyte

First recorded in 1895–1900; astro- + -cyte
Related formsas·tro·cyt·ic [as-truh-sit-ik] /ˌæs trəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for astrocyte


  1. any of the star-shaped cells in the tissue supporting the brain and spinal cord (neuroglia)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

astrocyte in Medicine


  1. One of the large neuroglia cells of nervous tissue.astroglia Deiters' cell macroglia
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

astrocyte in Science


  1. A star-shaped cell, especially one of the glial cells that support the tissue of the central nervous system.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.