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noun, plural re·ti·a [ree-shee-uh, -shuh, -tee-uh] /ˈri ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ti ə/.
  1. a pierced plate on an astrolabe, having projections whose points correspond to the fixed stars.
  2. a network, as of fibers, nerves, or blood vessels.
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Origin of rete

1350–1400; Middle English riet < Latin rēte net
Related formsre·ti·al [ree-shee-uh l] /ˈri ʃi əl/, adjective
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Related Words for retia

web, mesh, system, rete

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noun plural retia (ˈriːʃɪə, -tɪə)
  1. anatomy any network of nerves or blood vessels; plexus
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Derived Formsretial, adjective

Word Origin for rete

C14 (referring to a metal network used with an astrolabe): from Latin rēte net
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Word Origin and History for retia



late 14c., in anatomy, from Latin rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)). Plural is retia.

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retia in Medicine


n. pl. re•ti•a (tē-ə, rēshə)
  1. An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.
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Related formsreti•al (-tē-əl, -shəl) adj.
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