Origin of crista

1840–50; < Latin: a crest, tuft, comb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for crista

C20: from Latin: crest
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crista in Medicine


n. pl. cris•tae (-tē)
  1. A ridge, crest, or elevated line projecting from a level or evenly rounded surface.
  2. One of the inward projections or folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion.
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crista in Science


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