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mi·cro·gli·a

 (mī′krō-glē′ə, -glī′-)
pl.n.
Small neuroglial cells of the central nervous system that have long processes and act as phagocytes at sites of neural damage or inflammation, destroying pathogens and damaged cells.

mi′cro·gli′al adj.
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microglia

(ˌmaɪkrəʊˈɡlɪə)
n
(Anatomy) one of the two types of non-nervous tissue (glia) found in the central nervous system, having macrophage activity. Compare macroglia
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Noun1.microglia - neuroglial tissue of mesodermal origin that can become phagocyticmicroglia - neuroglial tissue of mesodermal origin that can become phagocytic
glia, neuroglia - 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
microgliacyte - a cell of the microglia that may become phagocytic and collect waste products of nerve tissue
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