astroglia

noun

: glial tissue composed of astrocytes
Another cell type, astroglia, helps pattern the brain in fetal development and is later involved in synaptic activity. Sandra Blakeslee, The New York Times
They point to possible problems in uptake of the chemical glutamate by specific neuroglial cells, called astroglia, leading to nerve cell injury and subsequent nerve cell death. Cat Watch
astroglial adjective
These results indicate that astroglial gap junctions provide an activity-dependent intercellular pathway for the delivery of energetic metabolites from blood vessels to distal neurons. Nathalie Rouach et al., Science

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“Astroglia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/astroglia. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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