den·​drit·​ic | \ (ˌ)den-ˈdri-tik How to pronounce dendritic (audio) \

Definition of dendritic

: resembling or having dendrites : branching like a tree a dendritic drainage system dendritic cells

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Recent Examples on the Web Once there, the vaccine components encounter dendritic cells and macrophages—two types of immune cells that can sense when something foreign is sneaking around in the body. Megan Molteni, Wired, "We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission," 25 Feb. 2021 Along with most of the dendritic system of tributaries that drained the Uptown New Orleans watershed, the scenic spot fell victim to three phases of drainage history. Richard Campanella,, "A 'lake' in Broadmoor? A natural paradise once graced Uptown's last tract to be developed," 30 Oct. 2020 Our dendritic cells—the tentacled sentries lurking in our tissues—have at least 10 receptors attuned to pathogens. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "The Tree That Could Help Stop the Pandemic," 21 Oct. 2020 Laboratory and modeling studies have already shown that tiny compartments in the dendritic arms of cortical neurons can each perform complicated operations in mathematical logic. Quanta Magazine, "Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons," 14 Jan. 2020 Ampligen appeared to rehabilitate some of her immunological deficiencies by restoring her dendritic and white blood cells to normal functioning. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 These dendritic spines look like mushrooms with rounded heads and skinny, tiny necks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization," 18 Jan. 2019 In particular, the drugs appeared to fuel the growth of dendritic spines and axons, the appendages that brain cells of all sorts use to reach out in the darkness and create connections, or synapses, with other brain cells. Melissa Healy,, "Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more," 12 June 2018 Its lone axon, pointing straight down, and whiskery dendritic spines, which receive signals from neighboring neurons, alone in an empty landscape: the canonical depiction of Cajal’s discovery that neurons are distinct entities. Sharon Begley, STAT, "In ‘Beautiful Brain,’ the secrets of neurons emerge in Nobel-winning scientist’s ink and pencil drawings," 3 May 2018

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Dendritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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