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

Examples of dendrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This build-up, known as lithium dendrite, can short-circuit the battery and shorten its life. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Making the battery out of mostly solid materials helps prevent dendrite formation in more than one way. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2021 Plate snowflake that turned into a stellar dendrite. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2021 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, 12 Mar. 2020 Duller, shallower dendrites don’t pierce the battery and cause fires. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 4 Mar. 2020 Many of the fatal flaws in lithium are related to the same dendrite problem. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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, 31 Dec. 2019 Some dendrites focused the light, channeling it outward like a kitschy fiber optic light display. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2019

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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. 2021.

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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 dendrite (audio) \ adjective

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