rete

[ ree-tee ]
/ ˈri ti /

noun, plural re·ti·a [ree-shee-uh, -shuh, -tee-uh] /ˈri ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ti ə/.

a pierced plate on an astrolabe, having projections whose points correspond to the fixed stars.
a network, as of fibers, nerves, or blood vessels.

Nearby words

  1. retarget,
  2. retch,
  3. retcon,
  4. retd,
  5. retd.,
  6. rete arteriosum,
  7. rete articulare,
  8. rete cutaneum corii,
  9. rete mirabile,
  10. rete ovarii

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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British Dictionary definitions for retial

rete

/ (ˈriːtɪ) /

noun plural retia (ˈriːʃɪə, -tɪə)

anatomy any network of nerves or blood vessels; plexus
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 retial

rete

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for retial

rete

[ rētē ]

n. pl. re•ti•a (tē-ə, rēshə)

An anatomical mesh, network, or structure, as of veins, arteries, or nerves.
Related formsreti•al (-tē-əl, -shəl) adj.


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