dendrite

noun
den·​drite | \ ˈden-ˌdrīt How to pronounce dendrite (audio) \

Definition of dendrite

1 : a branching treelike figure produced on or in a mineral by a foreign mineral also : the mineral so marked
2 : a crystallized arborescent form
3 : any of the usually branching protoplasmic processes that conduct impulses toward the body of a neuron — see neuron illustration

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Examples of dendrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vascular changes and the sprouting and pruning of axons and dendrites that extend from the main body of a neuron could also do the same. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways," 12 Mar. 2020 Duller, shallower dendrites don’t pierce the battery and cause fires. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Potassium Metal Batteries Are Almost As Good As Lithium-Ion," 4 Mar. 2020 Many of the fatal flaws in lithium are related to the same dendrite problem. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Potassium Metal Batteries Are Almost As Good As Lithium-Ion," 4 Mar. 2020 Inside a liquid electrolyte lithium-ion battery, the liquid can interact with the lithium, and the lithium itself can form dangerous metallic vines called dendrites that can edge through the battery case and more. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Future Lithium-Ion Batteries Could One Day 'Heal' Themselves," 31 Dec. 2019 Some dendrites focused the light, channeling it outward like a kitschy fiber optic light display. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "How Sharks Glow to Each Other Deep in the Ocean," 8 Aug. 2019 Pyramidal cells shoot one thick dendrite up to the brain’s surface, like a periscope. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: From ‘I alone can fix it’ to ‘Congress alone can fix it,’ Trump passes the buck on family separation," 19 June 2018 Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: From ‘I alone can fix it’ to ‘Congress alone can fix it,’ Trump passes the buck on family separation," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of dendrite

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dendrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dendrite. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for dendrite

dendrite

noun
den·​drite | \ ˈden-ˌdrīt How to pronounce dendrite (audio) \

Kids Definition of dendrite

: any of the usually branched fibers that carry nerve impulses toward a nerve cell body

dendrite

noun
den·​drite | \ ˈden-ˌdrīt How to pronounce dendrite (audio) \

Medical Definition of dendrite

: any of the usually branching protoplasmic processes that conduct impulses toward the body of a nerve cell

Other Words from dendrite

dendritic \ den-​ˈdrit-​ik How to pronounce dendritic (audio) \ adjective

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