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[ri-tik-yuh-loh-en-doh-thee-lee-uh l]
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adjective Cell Biology.
  1. pertaining to, resembling, or involving cells of the reticuloendothelial system.
  2. of a cell, having both reticular and endothelial characteristics.

Origin of reticuloendothelial

1920–25; reticul(um) + -o- + endothelial
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British Dictionary definitions for reticuloendothelial


  1. physiol denoting or relating to a bodily system that consists of all the cells able to ingest bacteria, colloidal particles, etc, with the exception of the leucocytes; it includes the lymphatic system and the spleenSee also macrophage

Word Origin

C20: from reticulum + endothelial
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reticuloendothelial in Medicine


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  1. Of, relating to, or being the widely diffused bodily system constituting all phagocytic cells except certain white blood cells.
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