Definition of reticulation in English:

reticulation

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A pattern or arrangement of interlacing lines resembling a net:

    ‘the fish should have a blue back with white reticulation’
    • ‘He picks up the tiny sprig with the half-eaten salamander still perched on it and holds it four inches from his mouth, enumerating the various classifications of the creature: the coloring, the reticulations, the patterns, the species.’
    • ‘This study also confirms the work of others that the diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide and the HRCT fibrosis score (a combination of the severity of reticulation and honeycombing) are two of the most accurate predictors of mortality.’
    • ‘The fruit has a smooth, yellowish skin without the knobs or reticulations which are characteristic of its tropical relatives such as the cherimoya, sugar-apple, and sour sop.’
    • ‘Generally, the most severe abnormalities identified on plain film were nodules and reticulations.’
    • ‘Kellett noted that early instars of Graphiadactyllis are ornamented with ‘small reticulations or punctae’ that become linear, and the walls coalesce to form ridges in adult specimens.’
    • ‘In this endorsement the expression ‘pneumoconiosis' means fibrosis of the lungs due to silica dust and includes the condition of the lungs known as ‘dust reticulation.’’
    • ‘This procedure reduces the ability of the median-joining algorithm to produce large reticulations within the network.’
    • ‘I imagined he had a bulbous nose matrixed by a reticulation of inkblue veins.’
    • ‘However, no coprolites from the Jurassic were found with recognizable plant tissue fragments, nor were there any with only partial reticulations, which correlates with the relatively poor preservation of the plants from this site.’
    • ‘Split decomposition analyses suggest the possibility of recombination within sequenced fragments, indicated by reticulations in the gene trees.’
    • ‘She also had lacy, white reticulations on her buccal mucosa.’
    • ‘The plate is bitten in the same way as an etching, but the acid bites the exposed copper through the reticulations of the hardened resin, creating a myriad of tiny dots which print as a fine tone.’
    • ‘For example, some reticulations of the major veins are present.’
    • ‘Think of the striking regularity of alternating light and dark stripes on a zebra's coat, or the reticulations on the surface of the fruiting body of a morel mushroom.’
    • ‘Because of their size, the reticulations in the large and small mesh size fossil arthropods are unlikely to represent individual cells, counter to the situation found by Okada in modern ostracods.’
    • ‘If exposure is continued and repeated, diffuse interstitial fibrosis will result with medium to coarse reticulation, volume loss, and honeycomb pattern.’
    • ‘In particular, it has dramatically enlarged anterodorsal and posterodorsal processes, but it bears the reticulations, which, in combination with the spines and valve shape, are diagnostic of Tuzoia.’
    • ‘A complex pattern of reticulations was also obtained by Salas et al. in their networks.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there is often little ontogenetic information available about the size of reticulations, which may lead to complications when the small and large mesh designations are applied to juveniles.’
    • ‘Group A contained subjects with changes such as haziness, hilar prominence, fine mottling, and reticulation, all of which were considered to result from gas exposure.’
    grid, latticework, fretwork, open framework, openwork, trellis, trelliswork, network, mesh, web, webbing, netting, net, tracery, interlacing, reticulation, reticulum, grate, grating, grille, grillwork, criss-cross, matrix
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    1. 1.1Photography The formation of a network of wrinkles or cracks in a photographic emulsion:
      ‘we use long exposures and high temperatures to create print reticulation’
      • ‘With today's modern film emulsions it is very difficult to create reticulation, because manufacturers have gone to great lengths to produce better quality emulsions that can withstand sudden changes in temperature.’
      • ‘When using a hardening fixer the emulsion is made more resistant to scratching which again will prevent reticulation on the final wash.’
  • 2Australian NZ A network of pipes used in irrigation and water supply:

    [as modifier] ‘six kilometres of reticulation mains’
    • ‘The bond by the Nkana water company is intended for a water reticulation project in which the company would be building a pipeline from Kitwe to Kalulushi.’
    • ‘He advised town councils to pay attention to high water losses through the reticulation system because every litre lost means money lost.’
    • ‘The initial contract is a five-year period and includes the maintenance of water reticulation network conveyance and purification, low voltage electrical distribution network, road network and buildings.’

Pronunciation:

reticulation

/rɪˌtɪkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/