crista

noun cris·ta \ ˈkri-stə \

Definition of crista

plural cristae play \ˈkri-ˌstē, -ˌstī\
:any of the inwardly projecting folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion

Origin and Etymology of crista

New Latin, from Latin, crest — more at crest


Medical Dictionary

crista

noun cris·ta \ ˈkris-tə \

medical Definition of crista

plural cristae play \-ˌtē, -ˌtī\
1 :one of the areas of specialized sensory epithelium in the ampullae of the semicircular canals of the ear serving as end organs for the vestibular sense called also crista ampullaris
2 :a membranous spiral fold running the length of the body of certain spirochetes
3 :an elevation of the surface of a bone for the attachment of a muscle or tendon
4 :any of the inwardly projecting folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion

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