astrocyte

noun as·tro·cyte \ ˈas-trə-ˌsīt \

Definition of astrocyte

: a large star-shaped cell of the glia

astrocytic

play \ˌas-trə-ˈsi-tik\ adjective

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astrocyte

noun as·tro·cyte \ ˈas-trə-ˌsīt \

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 SaeyScience News2 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 NorenbergScientific AmericanApril 1989

astrocytic

play \ˌas-trə-ˈsit-ik\ adjective
    • All gliomas, particularly the astrocytic neoplasms, are histologically, genetically, and thus therapeutically heterogeneous.
    • —Lisa M. DeAngelisThe New England Journal of Medicine11 Jan. 2001

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