from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the small neuroglial cells of the central nervous system having long processes and amoeboid and phagocytic activity at sites of neural damage or inflammation.
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- n. The glial cells of the immune system; they can function as phagocytes
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- n. neuroglial tissue of mesodermal origin that can become phagocytic
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