[ glahy-uh, glee-uh ]
/ ˈglaɪ ə, ˈgli ə /

noun Anatomy.

Origin of glia

First recorded in 1885–90, glia is from the Late Greek word glía glue

Related forms

gli·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glia


/ (ˈɡliːə) /


the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cellsAlso called: neuroglia

Derived Forms

glial, 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 forms

glial adjective
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