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View in Spanish: Oligodendrocito

Oligodendrocyte (AH-lih-goh-DEN-droh-site)
A cell that forms the myelin sheath (a layer that covers and protects nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord. An oligodendrocyte is a type of glial cell.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.