The term dendrite is used by Steinhaus (1999, pp. 120-125) to refer to a system of line segments connecting a given set of points,
where the total length of paths is as short as possible (therefore implying that
no closed cycles are permitted) and the paths are not allowed to cross. This definition
differs from the one in continuum theory since a semicircle is a dendritic continuum
but is not a line segment.