- a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord that form a supporting structure for the neurons and provide them with insulation.
Origin of neuroglia
1870–75; neuro- + Late Greek glía glue
Also called glia.
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Examples from the Web for neuroglia
The neuroglia theory explains this very well and does away with the difficulty.
This may be applied to the neuroglia cells apparently as well as to the muscle fibers.
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.
Ramon y Cajal has described and pictured a special kind of neuroglia cells for the gray and another for the white matter.
- another name for glia
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Word Origin and History for neuroglia
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neuroglia(nu-rŏg′lē-ə, nur′ə-glē′ə, -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
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