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[spuhn-jee-oh-blast, spon-] /ˈspʌn dʒi oʊˌblæst, ˈspɒn-/
noun, Embryology.
one of the primordial cells in the embryonic brain and spinal cord capable of developing into neuroglia.
any of numerous columnar epithelial cells in the brain and spinal cord that develop into neuroglia

spongioblast spon·gi·o·blast (spŭn’jē-ə-blāst’)
An embryonic epithelial cell that gives rise to the neuroglia.


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