One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fine network or net-like structure.
web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellisView synonyms
- ‘Generally, cuboidal T2 pneumocytes were located in depressions created by the reticulum of capillaries of the alveolar wall.’
- ‘The cytoplasm contained numerous mitochondria, fragmented rough endoplasmic reticula, small lipid droplets, and free ribosomes.’
- ‘Generally, oxidative stress in skeletal muscles leads to an increase in cytosolic calcium levels and a slowed rate of calcium uptake into the sarcoplasmic reticulum.’
- ‘In the cytoplasm of the tumor cell, abundant free ribosomes were recognized, but well-developed rough endoplasmic reticula were few.’
- ‘The typical stellate reticulum and microcyst formation often seen in follicular ameloblastoma, however, was rarely encountered.’
- ‘The muscle of the gallbladder consists of longitudinal, oblique, and transverse fibers forming a single incomplete layer, a reticulum of muscle bundles separated by connective tissue.’
The second stomach of a ruminant, having a honeycomb-like structure, receiving food from the rumen and passing it to the omasum.
- ‘All digesta was removed and weighed from the reticulum, omasal folds, mid-omasum, abomasum, small intestine, caecum, colon, and rectum.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of rete ‘net’.
1A small southern constellation (the Net), between Dorado and Hydrus.
- 1.1as genitive Reticuli /rɪˈtɪkjʊlʌɪ/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Reticulum.‘the star Beta Reticuli’
- 1.1as genitive Reticuli /rɪˈtɪkjʊlʌɪ/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Reticulum.
Latin, diminutive of rete ‘net’.
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