glial

adjective
gli·​al | \ ˈglē-əl How to pronounce glial (audio) , ˈglī- How to pronounce glial (audio) \

Definition of glial

: of, relating to, or constituting glia glial cells

Examples of glial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Excitatory neurotransmitters increase, and inhibitory ones decrease, while glial and other immune cells drive inflammation; the nervous system, unbalanced, magnifies and prolongs the pain. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The second study, published in Neurology, found evidence of damaged neurons and glial cells, which are fundamental cells in the brain. Dr. Pooja Sharma, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2022 Astrocyte glial cells form a huge network onto themselves, independent of the neuronal network. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 The group of eight glial and nonneural types includes oligodendrocytes, astrocytes and microglia cells, all critical to supporting and nurturing the neurons. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 There was Tau, another neuronal skeleton protein linked to Alzheimer’s; UCH-L1, an enzyme; and S100B and GFAP, two proteins found in the brain’s glial cells, not neurons. Max G. Levy, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 The next split along the neural branch divides true neurons from glial cells. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 And of the 85 billion other non-neuronal cells in the brain, one major type of cell called astrocyte glial cells have the ability to both listen in and modulate neuronal signaling and information processing. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 And of the 85 billion other non-neuronal cells in the brain, one major type of cell called astrocyte glial cells have the ability to both listen in and modulate neuronal signaling and information processing. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of glial

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Glial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glial. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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glial

adjective
gli·​al | \ ˈglē-əl How to pronounce glial (audio) , ˈglī-əl How to pronounce glial (audio) \

Medical Definition of glial

: of, relating to, or comprising glia glial cells

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