Definition of glia in English:

glia

Pronunciation /ˈɡlʌɪə//ˈɡliːə/

noun

mass nounAnatomy
  • The connective tissue of the nervous system, consisting of several different types of cell associated with neurons.

    as modifier ‘glia cells’
    Also called neuroglia
    • ‘Most of the bone marrow-derived cells in the brain tissue were glia (support cells) and other non-neuronal cells.’
    • ‘The transplanted stem cells engrafted and differentiated into human neurons and glia that intermingled with host brain counterparts.’
    • ‘These factors play a pivotal role in brain development by direction the formation of neurons and supporting cells called glia from uncommitted progenitor cells.’
    • ‘He showed that this was due primarily to the growth of more synapses and more nonneural supporting cells called glia.’
    • ‘From human embryonic stem cells the company has produced the three types of brain cells, namely glia (glue cells), astrocytes (star cells) and oligodendrocytes (few branches cells).’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek, literally ‘glue’.

Pronunciation

glia

/ˈɡlʌɪə//ˈɡliːə/