[ noo-rog-lee-uh, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒg li ə, nyʊ- /

noun Anatomy, Cell Biology.

a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord that form a supporting structure for the neurons and provide them with insulation.

Nearby words

  1. neurogenetic,
  2. neurogenetics,
  3. neurogenic,
  4. neurogenic bladder,
  5. neurogenous,
  6. neurogliacyte,
  7. neurogliomatosis,
  8. neurogram,
  9. neurohistology,
  10. neurohormonal

Origin of neuroglia

1870–75; neuro- + Late Greek glía glue

Also called glia.

Related formsneu·rog·li·al, neu·rog·li·ar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neuroglia

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

    Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
  • The neuroglia theory explains this very well and does away with the difficulty.

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

    Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for neuroglia


/ (njʊˈrɒɡlɪə) /


another name for glia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for neuroglia



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for neuroglia


[ nu-rŏglē-ə, nur′ə-glēə, -glī- ]


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
Related formsneu•rogli•al adj.

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