- a pierced plate on an astrolabe, having projections whose points correspond to the fixed stars.
- a network, as of fibers, nerves, or blood vessels.
Origin of rete
1350–1400; Middle English riet < Latin rēte net
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Examples from the Web for rete
This plexus is called by modern anatomists the rete mirabile.
The rete mirabile is an interesting survival of Galenic anatomy.
The mucines are also constituents of the cells of the rete malpighi.Principles and Practice of Fur Dressing and Fur Dyeing
William E. Austin
The principal one of these, called the 'Rete,' is shewn in Fig. 2.
Drop the disc (fig. 5) within the border of the mother, and the Rete over it.
- anatomy any network of nerves or blood vessels; plexus
C14 (referring to a metal network used with an astrolabe): from Latin rēte net
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Word Origin and History for rete
late 14c., in anatomy, from Latin rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)). Plural is retia.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.
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