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dendrite definition

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This page has 6 definitions of dendrite in English, French, and Italian. Dendrite is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English dendrite definition

Etymology

From Ancient Greek δενδρίτης (dendrítēs, of or pertaining to a tree). Equivalent to dendr- +‎ -ite.

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Noun

dendrite (plural dendrites)

  1. (cytology) A slender projection of a nerve cell which conducts nerve impulses from a synapse to the body of the cell; a dendron.
    • 1970, Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Greenwich, CT: Fawcett, 1971, Chapter 1, pp. 12-13,[1]
      Little copses of television antennas. Whiplike, graceful thrilling metal dendrites drawing images from the air, bringing brotherhood, communion to immured apartment people.
    • 1979, Carl Sagan, “Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Salt” in John Carey (ed.), Eyewitness to Science, Harvard University Press, 1997, p. 437,[2]
      A typical brain neuron has perhaps a thousand little wires, called dendrites, which connect it with its fellows.
  2. (cytology) Slender cell process emanating from the cell bodies of dendritic cells and follicular dendritic cells of the immune system.
  3. (crystallography, metallurgy) Tree-like structure of crystals growing as material crystallizes
  4. A hermit who lived in a tree

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French dendrite definition

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Noun

dendrite f (plural dendrites)

  1. dendrite

Italian dendrite definition

Noun

dendrite m (plural dendriti)

  1. dendrite (all senses)

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