[ spuhn-jee-oh-blast, spon- ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒi oʊˌblæst, ˈspɒn- /

noun Embryology.

one of the primordial cells in the embryonic brain and spinal cord capable of developing into neuroglia.

Origin of spongioblast

1900–05; spongio- (combining form of Greek spongiā́ sponge) + -blast

OTHER WORDS FROM spongioblast

spon·gi·o·blas·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spongioblast

/ (ˈspʌndʒɪəʊˌblɑːst) /


any of numerous columnar epithelial cells in the brain and spinal cord that develop into neuroglia

Derived forms of spongioblast

spongioblastic (ˌspʌndʒɪəʊˈblæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for spongioblast

C20: from Greek spongia sponge + -blast
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Medicine definitions for spongioblast

[ spŭnjē-ə-blăst′ ]


An embryonic epithelial cell that gives rise to the neuroglia.
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