noun, plural reticula [ri-tik-yuh-luh] , for 1–3, genitive reticuli [ri-tik-yuh-lahy] , for 4.
a network; any reticulated system or structure.
a network of intercellular fibers in certain tissues.
a network of structures in the endoplasm or nucleus of certain cells.
Zoology. the second stomach of ruminating animals, between the rumen and the omasum. See diag. under ruminant.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Net, a southern constellation between Dorado and Hydrus.

1650–60; < Latin rēticulum little net; see reticle Unabridged
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reticulum (rɪˈtɪkjʊləm)
n , pl -la
1.  any fine network, esp one in the body composed of cells, fibres, etc
2.  the second compartment of the stomach of ruminants, situated between the rumen and psalterium
[C17: from Latin: little net, from rēte net]

Reticulum (rɪˈtɪkjʊləm)
n , Latin genitive Reticuli
a small constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Dorado and Hydrus

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reticulum re·tic·u·lum (rĭ-tĭk'yə-ləm)
n. pl. re·tic·u·la (-lə)

  1. A fine network formed by cells, by certain structures within cells, or by connective-tissue fibers between cells.

  2. See neuroglia.

  3. The second compartment of the stomach of ruminant mammals, lined with a membrane having honeycombed ridges.

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reticulum   (rĭ-tĭk'yə-ləm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural reticula
The second division of the stomach in ruminant animals, which together with the rumen contains microorganisms that digest fiber. The reticulum's contents are regurgitated for further chewing as part of the cud. See more at ruminant.
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