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

Examples of dendritic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rock is remarkable for its numerous dendritic structures, which are exposed in cross section and longitudinally. David W. Frayer, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 This layer houses the majority of the innate and adaptive immune cells, including macrophages, dendritic cells, B and T cells, and also innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Back in 2003, a trio of neuroscientists showed that the dendritic trees of a pyramidal neuron perform complex computations by modeling it as a two-layer artificial neural network. Quanta Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Apparently the protein acts sluggishly in some bipolar patients, hampering neurons’ ability to form dendritic spines—little bumps that occur on the edges of nerve cells that are necessary for neural communication. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 27 Feb. 2018 The government is also supporting an unorthodox vaccination method for COVID-19 that involves taking dendritic cells from a person’s body, immersing them in viral antigens, then reinjecting them. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, 28 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of dendritic

1816, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Dendritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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