re·​tic·​u·​la·​tion ri-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce reticulation (audio)
: a reticulated formation : network
also : something reticulated

Examples of reticulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mode of dissection is often fanciful as much as instructional: nervous systems are teased out to form cloaklike reticulations; a pregnant woman is bisected, complete with her fetus; corpses are arranged to engage in a supernatural chess game; and so on. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 There's reticulation and back migrations which are going to confound the idea of a serial bottleneck, even assuming a simple out of Africa event. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2011 Unlike the autosomal genome there's no reticulation. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2011 Instead of a bifurcating tree, imagine a graph with reticulation. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2013 Now the researchers are investigating whether drugs that are commonly used to lower cholesterol levels could be repurposed to control viral infections by limiting reticulation. Quanta Magazine, 23 Apr. 2018 When at last the melons are picked, they will be graded on their shape (ideally perfectly spherical), sweetness (high), reticulation (preferably tiny and delicate), and scent (intoxicating). Bianca Bosker, Slate Magazine, 27 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reticulation was in 1663

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“Reticulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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