oligodendrocyte

noun
ol·i·go·den·dro·cyte | \ ˈä-li-gō-ˈden-drə-ˌsīt , ˈō- ; ə-ˌli-gə- \

Definition of oligodendrocyte 

: a glial cell that resembles an astrocyte but is smaller with few and slender processes having few branches and that forms the myelin sheath around axons in the central nervous system — see oligodendroglia

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The ragged extensions of an oligodendrocyte can supply many neurons (nerve cells) with myelin, an insulating material which allows each neuron's communicating axon to transmit electrical impulses efficiently. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for March 28: North Korea & China, Sacramento, water park death, new organ," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of oligodendrocyte

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligodendrocyte

International Scientific Vocabulary, from olig- + dendr- + -cyte

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oligodendrocyte

noun
oli·go·den·dro·cyte | \ -ˈden-drə-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of oligodendrocyte 

: a glial cell that resembles an astrocyte but is smaller with few and slender processes having few branches and that forms the myelin sheath around axons in the central nervous system

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