noun. sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the tissue of the central nervous system.
- central nervous system
- glial cell
- interstitial tissue
- systema nervosum centrale
- neuroglial cell
- γλία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word glia
1. Noun, singular or mass
There are a few major types of glia, and all play a role in helping your brain, spinal cord and other nerves communicate efficiently.
Mark Treadwell, an educator from New Zealand at I-learnt Website, indicates the glia interact with the neurons and hormones chemically in the production of thought.
3. Noun, plural
If the neurons are like the communications network for your body, then the glia are the infrastructure that helps to keep that communications network functioning and in place.