from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a dendrite.
  • adj. Of or relating to a dendritic cell.
  • adj. Dendriform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a branching structure similar to a tree
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or possessing dendrites

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a dendrite, or to arborescent crystallization; having a form resembling a shrub or tree; arborescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a tree; tree-like; arborescent in form; dendriform.
  • Marked by figures resembling shrubs, mosses, etc.: said of certain minerals. See dendrite.
  • In physical geography, branching irregularly, in the form of a tree: as, dendritic drainage, streams, valleys.

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  • adj. (neuroscience) of or relating to or resembling a dendrite


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  • The cells Steinman discovered, which he dubbed dendritic cells, are born in the bone marrow but appear all over the body - in skin, kidneys, liver, gut and elsewhere.

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  • The increase in dendritic outgrowths is rapid - within 24 -48 hours of giving estrogen, there is a measurably dramatic change in the number of connections between brain cells.

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  • Grutzendler J, Kasthuri N, Gan WB (2002) Long-term dendritic spine stability in the adult cortex.

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  • Zuo Y, Lin A, Chang P, Gan WB (2005) Development of long-term dendritic spine stability in diverse regions of cerebral cortex.

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  • Supporting this possibility, we found that long-term (overnight) exposure of neurons to FM1-43, so as to specifically label dendritic Golgi vesicles

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  • A population of specialized cells called "dendritic cells" monitor the proteins that enter the body through the gut.

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  • To give you some idea of what a challenging job this policing is, consider this: immune system helper cells, known as dendritic cells, present antigens from foreign invader cells to over a million of our T cells in a single day.

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  • The hope is that the vaccine version of HIV would invade sentinel cells, known as dendritic cells - as the SIV-based vaccine did in the monkeys.

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  • "One link between the nonspecific and specific immune response is a particular and rare kind of white blood cell called a dendritic cell. Dendritic cells attack bacteria and viruses indiscriminately, engulf them, then 'process' their antigens and 'present' those antigens—in effect they chop up an invading microorganism into pieces and display the antigens like a trophy flag."

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 108

    February 11, 2009

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    July 31, 2008

  • I imagine emilytherese as starring in her own, hitherto undiscovered, novel by Flaubert. A much smarter young lady than Emma, to be sure.

    Welcome to wordie.

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    July 31, 2008

  • I second that--and you have a lovely screen name. :-)

    July 31, 2008

  • emilytherese (which I like to imagine as a young woman with freckles and braided hair), wordnet put those incomplete definitions just to catch new Wordies. Once you start commenting you won't stop.


    July 31, 2008

  • it's not just for neuroscience...dendritic means branching like a tree and can be used to describe many things

    July 31, 2008

  • it's not just for neuroscience...dendritic means branching like a tree and can be used to describe many things

    July 31, 2008