Origin and Etymology of astrocyte
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1898
Medical Definition of astrocyte
: a star-shaped cell; especially : any comparatively large much-branched glial cell <Glia outnumber neurons in the human brain by a factor of 10 to one, and astrocytes are the most abundant type of glial cell.—Tina Hesman Saey, Science News, 2 Aug. 2008> <Astrocytes come in two main forms: fibrous astrocytes are found in the white matter and protoplasmic astrocytes in the gray matter.—Harold Kimelberg and Michael Norenberg, Scientific American, April 1989>
astrocytic\ˌas-trə-ˈsit-ik\play adjective <All gliomas, particularly the astrocytic neoplasms, are histologically, genetically, and thus therapeutically heterogeneous.—Lisa M. DeAngelis, The New England Journal of Medicine, 11 Jan. 2001>
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