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[spuhn-jee-oh-blast, spon-]
noun Embryology.
  1. one of the primordial cells in the embryonic brain and spinal cord capable of developing into neuroglia.
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Origin of spongioblast

1900–05; spongio- (combining form of Greek spongiā́ sponge) + -blast
Related formsspon·gi·o·blas·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spongioblast


  1. any of numerous columnar epithelial cells in the brain and spinal cord that develop into neuroglia
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Derived Formsspongioblastic (ˌspʌndʒɪəʊˈblæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C20: from Greek spongia sponge + -blast
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spongioblast in Medicine


  1. An embryonic epithelial cell that gives rise to the neuroglia.
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