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[noo-rog-lee-uh, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒg li ə, nyʊ-/
noun, Anatomy, Cell Biology
a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord that form a supporting structure for the neurons and provide them with insulation.
Also called glia.
Origin of neuroglia
1870-75; neuro- + Late Greek glía glue
Related forms
neuroglial, neurogliar, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for neuroglia
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  • The "white matter" of the central system consists chiefly of axons with their enveloping or medullary, sheath and neuroglia.

    The Mind and Its Education George Herbert Betts
  • The neuroglia theory explains this very well and does away with the difficulty.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • This may be applied to the neuroglia cells apparently as well as to the muscle fibers.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Ramon y Cajal has described and pictured a special kind of neuroglia cells for the gray and another for the white matter.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • He has also described particularly a special form of neuroglia cells which lie close to the blood vessels.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for neuroglia


another name for glia
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Word Origin and History for neuroglia

1867, medical Latin, coined 1853 by German pathologist Ludwig Karl Virchow (1821-1902) from neuro- + Late Greek glia "glue," frim PIE *glei- "to stick together" (see clay).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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neuroglia in Medicine

neuroglia neu·rog·li·a (nu-rŏg'lē-ə, nyu-, nur'ə-glē'ə, -glī'-, nyur'-)
The delicate network of branched cells and fibers that supports the tissue of the central nervous system. Also called glia, reticulum.

neu·rog'li·al adj.
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