Meaning of “dendrite” in the English Dictionary

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"dendrite" in British English

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dendritenoun [ C ]

/ˈden.draɪt/ /ˈden.draɪt/

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  • It is now known that the protoplasm in all parts of the neuron proper—cell-body, axis cylinder, and dendrites—has a grayish color, while the coverings of most of the fibers are white. 
  • One inclines to imagine a retraction of dendrites, which breaks the connection between the central end of the optic nerve and the occipital centers of vision. 
  • The dendrites are short extensions from the cell-body. 
  • The white matter contains no nerve cells or dendrites. 
  • These axon runners from one cell connect through synapses to dendrite runners on other cells. 

(Definition of “dendrite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dendrite" in American English

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dendritenoun [ C ]


biology the short parts like threads at the edge of a nerve cell that carry messages to the cell

(Definition of “dendrite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)