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Any of the embryonic epithelial cells that give rise to the neuroglia.

[Latin spongia, sponge; see sponge + -blast.]


(Biology) any of numerous columnar epithelial cells in the brain and spinal cord that develop into neuroglia
[C20: from Greek spongia sponge + -blast]
spongioblastic adj
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Noun1.spongioblast - any of various columnar epithelial cells in the central nervous system that develop into neuroglia
columnar cell, columnar epithelial cell - an epithelial cell that is shaped like a column; some have cilia
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Other histologic findings can include ependymal cells, choroid plexus papillary projections, ganglion cells, oligodendrocytes, spongioblasts, and pigment epithelium.