Definition of astrocyte in English:


Syllabification: as·tro·cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈastrəˌsīt


  • A star-shaped glial cell of the central nervous system.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌastrəˈsitik/
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  • 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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