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as·tro·cyte

 (ăs′trə-sīt′)
n.
Any of a group of star-shaped cells that have long processes extending out in all directions and are components of the neuroglia, providing support for neurons in the central nervous system and playing a variety of roles in synaptic transmission.

as′tro·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.

astrocyte

(ˈæstrəʊˌsaɪt)
n
(Biology) any of the star-shaped cells in the tissue supporting the brain and spinal cord (neuroglia)

as•tro•cyte

(ˈæs trəˌsaɪt)

n.
a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.
[1895–1900]
as`tro•cyt′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.

astrocyte

A star-shaped type of cell that supports neurons in the brain and spinal cord. See neuroglia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.astrocyte - comparatively large neuroglial cell
glial cell, neurogliacyte, neuroglial cell - a cell of the neuroglia
astroglia, macroglia - tissue consisting of large stellate neuroglial cells
fibrous astrocyte - star-shaped cells with long processes; found in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord
protoplasmic astrocyte - a kind of astrocyte found in the grey matter
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