Definition of glia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlēə/
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlīə/


The connective tissue of the nervous system, consisting of several different types of cell associated with neurons. Also called neuroglia.
Example sentences
  • These factors play a pivotal role in brain development by direction the formation of neurons and supporting cells called glia from uncommitted progenitor cells.
  • The transplanted stem cells engrafted and differentiated into human neurons and glia that intermingled with host brain counterparts.
  • Most of the bone marrow-derived cells in the brain tissue were glia (support cells) and other non-neuronal cells.



Example sentences
  • The posterior lobe of the pituitary gland or neurohypophysis contains unique glial elements referred to as pituicytes.
  • It seems that the failure of the axons to regenerate is partly the result of an inhibitory effect exerted by central nervous system glial cells, associated with the myelin of nerve fibers.
  • In no case could disruption of the glial surface of the optic disc or other evidence of posterior vitreous displacement be identified.


Late 19th century: from Greek, literally 'glue'.

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Syllabification: gli·a

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