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Any of the cells of the neuroglia.

[Latin spongia, sponge; see sponge + -cyte.]
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Photomicrograph of the adrenal cortex of the African giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) showing Adipose tissue: AT; Capsule: C; Sinusoids: S; Spongiocyte: SP; Zona Glomerulosa: ZG; Zona Fasiculata: ZF and Zona Reticularis: ZR.
The zona fasiculata is made up of spongiocytes that are arranged in columns.
Brazilian pathologists call this "morula--like" cells and French pathologists prefer the term "spongiocytes" [23,24].