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 Biologists studying microglia don’t tend to read papers about brain waves, and brain wave researchers are generally unaware of glial research. Quanta Magazine, "Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment," 27 May 2020 In the human brain, glial cells are as abundant as neurons are. Quanta Magazine, "Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons’ Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers," 27 Jan. 2020 When glial cells were turned off via gene editing, the mice were less sensitive to pain such as pinpricks. National Geographic, "Insights on mighty ‘water bears,’ hardy seeds, and a new sensory organ," 9 Jan. 2020 Stevens did her post doc at Stanford, in the lab of Ben Barres, arguably the leading glial researcher in the world, between 2004 and 2008. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, Wired, "The Tiny Brain Cells That Connect Our Mental and Physical Health," 21 Jan. 2020 Telocyte’s gene therapy would aim to rebuild those glial telomeres. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A biotech startup thinks its idea could cure dementia—but scientists have their doubts," 14 Jan. 2020 He's previously produced pioneering research in neurofilaments and glial fibrillary acidic protein, or GFAP, which are proteins that hold brain matter in place. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Secrets of an astonishingly well-preserved 2,600-year-old human brain," 8 Jan. 2020 In 2012, research in the laboratory of Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, identified what appears to be the brain’s waste clearance pathway, the glymphatic (glial-lymphatic) system. Quanta Magazine, "Sleeping Brain Waves Draw a Healthy Bath for Neurons," 16 Dec. 2019 This is a thin set of channels formed by the brain’s glial cells that can conduct fluid within the brain. Quanta Magazine, "Sleeping Brain Waves Draw a Healthy Bath for Neurons," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of glial

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Glial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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