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

  • n. See neuroglia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The network of glial cells that supports nervous system tissue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The glia-cells collectively of the central nervous system in vertebrates; neuroglia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the tissue of the central nervous system

Etymologies

Short for neuroglia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek γλία (glia), γλοία (gloia, "glue"), γλοιός (gloios, "a glutinous substance, gum") (Wiktionary)

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