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

First Known Use of dendrite

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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