re·​tic·​u·​lar ri-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce reticular (audio)
: reticulate sense 1
reticular connective tissue containing collagen fibers

Examples of reticular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both iHealthScreen and the NIH system are trained to look for reticular pseudodrusen, a type of lesion that causes a spotted pattern in the macula and is associated with a higher risk for progression to late disease. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Your mindset stems from a collection of neurons at the top of your brain stem called the reticular activating system (RAS) that acts as the search engine of your brain. Gregg Brown, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 These peels can penetrate into the reticular dermis (the lower level of the dermis, which sits below the papillary dermis). Farwa Shah, SELF, 3 Dec. 2019 He was drawn to a thin layer of inhibitory neurons called the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), which wraps around the rest of the thalamus like a shell. Quanta Magazine, 24 Sep. 2019 An irony of the joint prize (for revealing the structure of the nervous system) is that Golgi remained unconvinced by the Neuron Doctrine and true to reticular theory, which saw neurons as physically connected. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reticular was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Reticular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​tic·​u·​lar ri-ˈtik-yə-lər How to pronounce reticular (audio)

Medical Definition


re·​tic·​u·​lar ri-ˈtik-yə-lər How to pronounce reticular (audio)
: of, relating to, or forming a network
reticular layers in the adrenal cortex
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