dendrite

noun
den·drite | \ˈden-ˌdrīt \

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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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 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 Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites - the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages. William Wan, BostonGlobe.com, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 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 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

noun
den·drite | \ˈden-ˌdrīt \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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