[glahy-uh, glee-uh]

noun Anatomy.

Origin of glia

First recorded in 1885–90, glia is from the Late Greek word glía glue
Related formsgli·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of glia

Historical Examples of glia

  • It presupposes an active interposition of the glia cells between the axon of one neuron and the dendrons of another.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for glia



the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cellsAlso called: neuroglia
Derived Formsglial, adjective
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Medicine definitions for glia


[glēə, glīə]


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Science definitions for glia


[glēə, glīə]

The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system.
Related formsglial adjective
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