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[ree-tee] /ˈri ti/
noun, plural retia
[ree-shee-uh, -shuh, -tee-uh] /ˈri ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ti ə/ (Show IPA)
a pierced plate on an astrolabe, having projections whose points correspond to the fixed stars.
a network, as of fibers, nerves, or blood vessels.
Origin of rete
1350-1400; Middle English riet < Latin rēte net
Related forms
[ree-shee-uh l] /ˈri ʃi əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) retia (ˈriːʃɪə; -tɪə)
(anatomy) any network of nerves or blood vessels; plexus
Derived Forms
retial, adjective
Word Origin
C14 (referring to a metal network used with an astrolabe): from Latin rēte net
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Word Origin and History for rete

late 14c., in anatomy, from Latin rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)). Plural is retia.

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rete in Medicine

rete re·te (rē'tē)
n. pl. re·ti·a (rē'tē-ə, rē'shə)
An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.

re'ti·al (-tē-əl, -shəl) adj.
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