- a branching, treelike mark made by one mineral crystallizing in another
- a stone or mineral with such a mark
- the branched part of a nerve cell that carries impulses toward the cell body
- [pl.] the protoplasmic filaments of a nerve cell
Origin of dendritefrom Classical Greek dendrit?s, of a tree from dendron, a tree: see dendro-
- a. A mineral crystallizing in another mineral in the form of a branching or treelike mark.b. A rock or mineral bearing such a mark or marks.
- A branched protoplasmic extension of a nerve cell that conducts impulses from adjacent cells inward toward the cell body. A single nerve may possess many dendrites. Also called dendron .
- (cytology) A slender projection of a nerve cell which conducts nerve impulses from a synapse to the body of the cell; a dendron.
- (cytology) Slender cell process emanating from the cell bodies of dendritic cells and follicular dendritic cells of the immune system.
- (crystallography, metallurgy) tree-like structure of crystals growing as material crystallizes
- A hermit who lived in a tree
From Ancient Greek δενδρίτης (dendrites, “of or pertaining to a tree”).