noun Cell Biology.

a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.

Nearby words

  1. astroblastoma,
  2. astrobleme,
  3. astrobotany,
  4. astrochemistry,
  5. astrocompass,
  6. astrocytic,
  7. astrocytoma,
  8. astrodome,
  9. astrodynamics,
  10. astrogate

Origin of astrocyte

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

Related formsas·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



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




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

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Science definitions for astrocyte



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