microglia

noun
mi·​crog·​lia | \ mī-ˈkräg-lē-ə How to pronounce microglia (audio) \

Medical Definition of microglia

: glia consisting of small cells with few processes that are scattered throughout the central nervous system, that are of mesodermal origin and are thought to be derived from fetal monocytes, and that have a phagocytic function as part of the mononuclear phagocyte system — compare macroglia

Other Words from microglia

microglial \ -​lē-​əl How to pronounce microglial (audio) \ adjective

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“Microglia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/microglia. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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