[ kris-tuh ]

noun,plural cris·tae [kris-tee]. /ˈkrɪs ti/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a crest or ridge.

Origin of crista

1840–50; <Latin: a crest, tuft, comb

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British Dictionary definitions for crista


/ (ˈkrɪstə) /

nounplural -tae (-tiː)
  1. biology a structure resembling a ridge or crest, such as that formed by folding of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion

Origin of crista

C20: from Latin: crest

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Scientific definitions for crista


[ krĭs ]

Plural cristae (krĭs)
  1. Any of the folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion. See more at mitochondrion.

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