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noun, plural cis·ter·nae [si-stur-nee] /sɪˈstɜr ni/. Anatomy.
  1. cistern(def 2).
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Origin of cisterna

< New Latin, Latin
Related formscis·ter·nal, adjective
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Related Words

pond, well, tank, cisterna

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Historical Examples

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


    Norman Douglas

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cisterna


noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. a sac or partially closed space containing body fluid, esp lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Latin; see cistern
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cisterna in Medicine


n. pl. cis•ter•nae (-nē′)
  1. A cavity or enclosed space serving as a reservoir, especially for chyle, lymph, or cerebrospinal fluid.
  2. 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.
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Related formscis•ternal adj.
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