Definition of astrocyte in English:

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astrocyte

Pronunciation: /ˈastrəˌsīt/

noun

Anatomy
A star-shaped glial cell of the central nervous system.
Example sentences
  • Mercury accumulates in the central nervous system primarily in astrocytes, the cells that provide the first line of defense for the central nervous system against toxic compounds.
  • They successfully grew skin cells, smooth muscle cells, neurons and other nerve cells known as astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, and pigment producing cells called melanocytes, Reuters reports.
  • They observed both neurons and astrocytes, the two types of cells into which the brain stem cells mature.

Derivatives

astrocytic

Pronunciation: /ˌastrəˈsitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The neoplastic cells demonstrated a spectrum of morphology ranging from astrocytic cells with only mildly enlarged, irregular nuclei to multinucleated cells displaying pleomorphic nuclei.
  • Similarly, in astrocytic tumors, microsatellite instability is not associated with progression.
  • Melanotic astrocytic tumors have been reported only recently.

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Syllabification: as·tro·cyte

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