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neuroglia

[noo-rog-lee-uh, nyoo-]
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noun Anatomy, Cell Biology.
  1. a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord that form a supporting structure for the neurons and provide them with insulation.
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Origin of neuroglia

1870–75; neuro- + Late Greek glía glue
Also called glia.
Related formsneu·rog·li·al, neu·rog·li·ar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for neuroglia

Historical Examples

  • The neuroglia theory explains this very well and does away with the difficulty.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh

  • This may be applied to the neuroglia cells apparently as well as to the muscle fibers.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh

  • The "white matter" of the central system consists chiefly of axons with their enveloping or medullary, sheath and neuroglia.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

  • He has also described particularly a special form of neuroglia cells which lie close to the blood vessels.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh

  • Ramon y Cajal has described and pictured a special kind of neuroglia cells for the gray and another for the white matter.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for neuroglia

neuroglia

noun
  1. another name for glia
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Word Origin and History for neuroglia

n.

1867, medical Latin, coined 1853 by German pathologist Ludwig Karl Virchow (1821-1902) from neuro- + Late Greek glia "glue," frim PIE *glei- "to stick together" (see clay).

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neuroglia in Medicine

neuroglia

(nu-rŏglē-ə, nur′ə-glēə, -glī-)
n.
  1. The supportive tissue of the nervous system, including the network of branched cells in the central nervous system (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes) and the supporting cells of the peripheral nervous system (Schwann cells and satellite cells).glia reticulum
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Related formsneu•rogli•al adj.
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