neuroglia definition

  • noun:
    • The supporting muscle for the neurological system, including the network of branched cells inside nervous system (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes) therefore the supporting cells regarding the peripheral neurological system (neurilemma and satellite cells). Also referred to as glia.
    • glial mobile
    • The delicate connective tissue framework which supports the nervous matter and blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord; called also Kölliker's reticulum. It is composed of cells which are not neurons. Once thought to serve merely a supporting funciton, they are now believed to have important metablolic functions. Among them are the astrocytes, ependymal cells, oligodendroglia cells, and microglia cells.
    • The unusual sustentacular tissue regarding the cerebrospinal axis.
    • sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the muscle for the central nervous system

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