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Dendrites are cellular projections that function as information-gathering structures in a neuron.

According to PubMed Wikipedia, the word ‘dendrite‘ is derived from the Greek word δένδρον déndron which means “tree”.

Looking at the picture above, it’s not hard to see why neuroanatomists immediately think of trees when they peer at a neuron under a microscope.

See also: Neurons In Nature