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The spread of the disease is really a consequence of how cells around the nerves (astrocytes and microglial cells) respond to the dying motor neurons.
The study revolves around two types of glial cells: astrocytes and microglial cells, according to New Scientist.
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Origin and Etymology of astrocyte
First Known Use: 1896See Words from the same year
medical Definition of astrocyte
- 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
astrocyticplay \ˌas-trə-ˈsit-ik\ 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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