- 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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- 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 retial
late 14c., in anatomy, from Latin rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)). Plural is retia.
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- An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.
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