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glia

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noun \ˈglē-ə, ˈglī-ə\

Definition of glia

plural glia

  1. :  supporting tissue intermingled with the essential elements of nervous tissue especially in the brain, spinal cord, and ganglia



Origin of glia

New Latin, from Middle Greek, glue — more at clay


First Known Use: 1891


Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈglē-ə, ˈglī-ə\

Medical Definition of glia

plural glia

  1. :  supporting tissue that is intermingled with the essential elements of nervous tissue especially in the brain, spinal cord, and ganglia, is either of ectodermal or mesodermal origin, and is composed of a network of fine fibrils and of flattened stellate cells with numerous radiating fibrillar processes—see macroglia, microglia




-glia

noun combining form -g·lia \glē-ə\

Medical Definition of -glia

  1. :  glia made up of a (specified) kind or size of element <microglia> <oligodendroglia>




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