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microglia

Pronunciation: mi-krog'le-a

Definition: Small neuroglial cells of the central nervous system, originating in the bone marrow, that may become phagocytic in areas of neural damage or inflammation.

Synonym(s): Hortega cells, microglia cells, microglial cells

[micro- + G. glia, glue]

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