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[kris-tuh] /ˈkrɪs tə/
noun, plural cristae
[kris-tee] /ˈkrɪs ti/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
a crest or ridge.
Origin of crista
1840-50; < Latin: a crest, tuft, comb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cristae


noun (pl) -tae (-tiː)
(biology) a structure resembling a ridge or crest, such as that formed by folding of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion
Word Origin
C20: from Latin: crest
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cristae in Medicine

crista cris·ta (krĭs'tə)
n. pl. cris·tae (-tē)

  1. A ridge, crest, or elevated line projecting from a level or evenly rounded surface.

  2. One of the inward projections or folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion.

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cristae in Science
Plural cristae (krĭs'tē)
Any of the folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion. See more at mitochondrion.
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