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Pronunciation: den'drit


  1. One of the two types of branching protoplasmic processes of the nerve cell (the other being the axon).
  2. A crystalline treelike structure formed during the freezing of an alloy.

Synonym(s): dendritic process, dendron, neurodendrite, neurodendron

[G. dendrites, relating to a tree]

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