[ glahy-uh, glee-uh ]
/ ˈglaɪ ə, ˈgli ə /
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Origin of glia
First recorded in 1885–90, glia is from the Late Greek word glía glue
OTHER WORDS FROM gliaglial, adjective
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How to use glia in a sentence
That, said Fields, "was a moment that focused our attention on glia."World Science Festival: Can We Really Live to 1,000?|Casey Schwartz|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
It presupposes an active interposition of the glia cells between the axon of one neuron and the dendrons of another.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for glia
/ (ˈɡliːə) /
the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cellsAlso called: neuroglia
Derived forms of gliaglial, adjective
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Medical definitions for glia
[ glē′ə, glī′ə ]
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Scientific definitions for glia
[ glē′ə, glī′ə ]
The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system.
Other words from gliaglial adjective
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