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[glahy-uh, glee-uh]
noun Anatomy.
  1. neuroglia.
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Origin of glia

First recorded in 1885–90, glia is from the Late Greek word glía glue
Related formsgli·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glias


  1. the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cellsAlso called: neuroglia
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Derived Formsglial, adjective
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glias in Medicine


(glēə, glīə)
  1. neuroglia
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glias in Science


[glēə, glīə]
  1. The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system.
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Related formsglial adjective
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