noun Anatomy, Cell Biology.
- a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord that form a supporting structure for the neurons and provide them with insulation.
- another name for glia
n.1867, medical Latin, coined 1853 by German pathologist Ludwig Karl Virchow (1821-1902) from neuro- + Late Greek glia “glue,” frim PIE *glei- “to stick together” (see clay). n.
- The supportive tissue of the nervous system, including the network of branched cells in the central nervous system (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes) and the supporting cells of the peripheral nervous system (Schwann cells and satellite cells).glia reticulum