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[glahy-uh, glee-uh] /ˈglaɪ ə, ˈgli ə/
noun, Anatomy
Origin of glia
1885-90; < Late Greek glía glue
Related forms
glial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glia
  • glia are nervous system caretakers whose nurturing can go too far.
  • As your body develops, neural stem cells transform into the specialized neurons, glia and other cells that make up your brain.
  • In the past several years, sensitive imaging tests have shown that glia communicate with neurons.
  • It is interesting that the brain may stimulate an immune response, probably from the pituitary or the glia cells directly.
  • All my knowledge is stored in neurons and possibly some other glia cells that make up my brain.
British Dictionary definitions for glia


the delicate web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports nerve cells Also called neuroglia
Derived Forms
glial, adjective
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glia in Medicine

glia gli·a (glē'ə, glī'ə)
See neuroglia.

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glia in Science
  (glē'ə, glī'ə)   
The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system.

glial adjective
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