glia

noun
\ˈglē-ə, ˈglī-ə \
plural glia

Definition of glia 

: supporting tissue intermingled with the essential elements of nervous tissue especially in the brain, spinal cord, and ganglia

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This cross section of a mouse spinal cord, from 1899, shows radial glia cells, the Rodney Dangerfields of brain cells. Sharon Begley, STAT, "In ‘Beautiful Brain,’ the secrets of neurons emerge in Nobel-winning scientist’s ink and pencil drawings," 3 May 2018 Newman's own research focuses on non-neuronal cells in the brain called glia. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neuroscience," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of glia

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glia

New Latin, from Middle Greek, glue — more at clay

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The first known use of glia was in 1891

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glia

noun
\ˈglē-ə, ˈglī-ə \
plural glia

Medical Definition of glia 

: supporting tissue that is intermingled with the essential elements of nervous tissue especially in the brain, spinal cord, and ganglia, is either of ectodermal or mesodermal origin, and is composed of a network of fine fibrils and of flattened stellate cells with numerous radiating fibrillar processes — see macroglia, microglia

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