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[si-stur-nuh] /sɪˈstɜr nə/
noun, plural cisternae
[si-stur-nee] /sɪˈstɜr ni/ (Show IPA).
cistern (def 2).
< New Latin, Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for cisternal


noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
a sac or partially closed space containing body fluid, esp lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
Word Origin
New Latin, from Latin; see cistern
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cisternal in Medicine

cisterna cis·ter·na (sĭ-stûr'nə)
n. pl. cis·ter·nae (-nē')

  1. A cavity or enclosed space serving as a reservoir, especially for chyle, lymph, or cerebrospinal fluid.

  2. An ultramicroscopic space or channel occurring between the membranes of the flattened sacs of the endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi complex, or the two membranes of the nuclear envelope.

cis·ter'nal adj.
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