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cisterna

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noun, cis·ter·na \sis-ˈtər-nə\

Definition of cisterna

plural cisternaeplay \-ˌnē\

  1. :  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

cisternal play \-nəl\ adjective


Origin of cisterna

New Latin, from Latin, reservoir


First Known Use: circa 1860


Medical Dictionary

cisterna

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noun cis·ter·na \sis-ˈtər-nə\

Medical Definition of cisterna

plural cisternae \-ˌnē\play

  1. :  cistern: asa:  cisterna magnab:  cisterna chylic:  one of the interconnected flattened vesicles or tubules comprising the endoplasmic reticulum




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "cisterna" Spanish Central: Translation of "cisterna"


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