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Medical Term:

astrocytosis

Pronunciation: as′trō-sī-tō′sis

Definition

An increase in the number of astrocytes, frequently observed in an irregular zone of variable definition adjacent to degenerative lesions (encephalomalacia), focal inflammations (abscesses), or certain neoplasms in the brain; in some instances, astrocytosis may be diffuse in a relatively large region; astrocytosis represents a reparative mechanism.

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