SYN: astrocyte. [macro- + G. glia, glue]

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mac·ro·glia ma-'kräg-lē-ə, .mak-rō-'glī-ə n glia made up of astrocytes
mac·ro·gli·al -əl adj

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one of the two basic classes of glia (the non-nervous cells of the central nervous system), divided into astrocyte and oligodendrocyte. Compare microglia.

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mac·rog·lia (mak-rogґle-ə) neuroglial cells of ectodermal origin, i.e., the astrocytes and oligodendrocytes considered together. Originally, the term was used for the astrocytes alone.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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