[ si-stur-nuh ]
/ sɪˈstɜr nə /

noun, plural cis·ter·nae [si-stur-nee] /sɪˈstɜr ni/. Anatomy.


Origin of cisterna

< New Latin, Latin

Related forms

cis·ter·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cisterna

  • Cisterna di Roma, a dozen kilometres further on, is a typical hill top town overlooking the Pontine Marshes below.

  • Long days of rowing on the lake of Albano, and boar-hunting at Cisterna, made him strong and active.

  • And you expect to keep your children alive if you send them to Cisterna?

    Alone|Norman Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for cisterna


/ (sɪˈstɜːnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

a sac or partially closed space containing body fluid, esp lymph or cerebrospinal fluid

Word Origin for cisterna

New Latin, from Latin; see cistern
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Medicine definitions for cisterna


[ sĭ-stûrnə ]

n. pl. cis•ter•nae (-nē′)

A cavity or enclosed space serving as a reservoir, especially for chyle, lymph, or cerebrospinal fluid.
An ultramicroscopic space or channel occurring between the membranes of the flattened sacs of the endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi complex, or the two membranes of the nuclear envelope.

Related forms

cis•ternal adj.
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