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/ˈglēə/  /ˈglīə/


1. The network of glial cells that supports nervous system tissue. (

2. The connective tissue of the nervous system, consisting of several different types of cell associated with neurons. (Google Dictionary)

3. Sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the tissue of the central nervous system. (

Syn: Neuroglia

Word origin: From Ancient Greek γλία (glia), γλοία (gloia, “glue”), γλοιός (gloios, “a glutinous substance, gum”)

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