- 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
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Examples from the Web for retia
Tamandua has also retia, which are also found in the Spider-monkeys.
But, as is well known, retia are also found in other mammals far removed in the series from these under consideration.
In both, retia mirabilia are developed in the tail (in spite of its reduction in the Sloths) and in the limbs.
Some of the internal arteries of Whales break up into retia mirabilia.
- anatomy any network of nerves or blood vessels; plexus
C14 (referring to a metal network used with an astrolabe): from Latin rēte net
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Word Origin and History for retia
late 14c., in anatomy, from Latin rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)). Plural is retia.
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- An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.
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