crista

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noun cris·ta \ˈkris-tə\

Definition of crista

plural

cristae

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  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1959


Medical Dictionary

crista

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noun cris·ta \ˈkris-tə\

Medical Definition of crista

plural

cristae

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  1. 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. 2:  a membranous spiral fold running the length of the body of certain spirochetes

  3. 3:  an elevation of the surface of a bone for the attachment of a muscle or tendon

  4. 4:  any of the inwardly projecting folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion


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