Try Our Apps


Words You've Been Using Wrong


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for retia
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for retia


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for retia



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
retia 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for retia

Word Value for retia

Scrabble Words With Friends