noun \sis-ˈtər-nə\
plural cis·ter·nae\-ˌnē\

Definition of CISTERNA

:  cistern 3: as
a :  one of the large spaces under the arachnoid membrane
b :  one of the flattened vesicles comprising the Golgi apparatus and the part of the endoplasmic reticulum studded with ribosomes
cis·ter·nal \-nəl\ adjective

Origin of CISTERNA

New Latin, from Latin, reservoir
First Known Use: circa 1860


noun \sis-ˈtər-nə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural cis·ter·nae \-ˌnē\

Medical Definition of CISTERNA

: cistern: as a : cisterna magna b : cisterna chyli c : one of the interconnected flattened vesicles or tubules comprising the endoplasmic reticulum


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