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

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Still, a balance must be struck, because glial cells support neurons by communicating with them through TNTs, Rustom explained. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk and Help One Another via Tiny Tube Networks," 23 Apr. 2018 Glioblastoma multiforme, for example, is a highly malignant central nervous system tumor that grows from glial cells in the brain. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoparticles That Zap and Kill Cancer Cells Are a Small Solution to Huge Disease," 9 Jan. 2019 One category of genes was strikingly absent, though: those expressed in glial cells, which support and maintain the nerve cells. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The genetics of education: 1,271 genes account for 10% of the variation," 25 July 2018 Glioblastoma occurs when a tumor forms in the brain's glial cells, which typically are there to help keep the brain healthy. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Scientists created a brain-cancer vaccine - and so far it's 'remarkably promising'," 30 May 2018 Cajal guessed, rightly, that glial cells are not mere support cells, as was widely assumed, but give rise to neurons, regulate blood flow in the brain, and influence the electrical properties of neurons. Sharon Begley, STAT, "In ‘Beautiful Brain,’ the secrets of neurons emerge in Nobel-winning scientist’s ink and pencil drawings," 3 May 2018 In related work, neuroscientists already have used human stem cells to grow glial cells (a type of brain cell involved in cerebral housekeeping) and transplanted them into the brains of mice. Melissa Healy,, "Brainstorming the ethics of neuroscience research in the age of organoids," 27 Apr. 2018 Just why Schwann and glial cells appear to be targets of cell phone radiation is not clear. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer," 29 Mar. 2018 Yet another, from the University of Rochester Medical Center, used a mouse-human chimera to find that glial cells — which support and insulate neurons — might play a role in the development of schizophrenia in children. Eric Boodman, STAT, "How gut bacteria impact cancer treatment: meet the STAT Madness 2018 Editors’ Pick," 2 Apr. 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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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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