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astroglia

noun as·tro·glia \ as-ˈträg-lē-ə , ˌas-trə-ˈglī-ə \

medical Definition of astroglia

: glial tissue composed of astrocytes
  • Another cell type, astroglia, helps pattern the brain in fetal development and is later involved in synaptic activity.
  • —Sandra BlakesleeThe New York Times8 Feb. 2005
  • 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 WatchMarch 1998

astroglial

play \-əl\ 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.Science5 Dec. 2008

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