Main meanings of reticulum in English

: reticulum1Reticulum2


Pronunciation /rɪˈtɪkjʊləm/

nounplural noun reticula/rɪˈtɪkjʊlə/

  • 1A fine network or netlike structure.

    ‘The cytoplasm contained numerous mitochondria, fragmented rough endoplasmic reticula, small lipid droplets, and free ribosomes.’
    • ‘The typical stellate reticulum and microcyst formation often seen in follicular ameloblastoma, however, was rarely encountered.’
    • ‘Generally, oxidative stress in skeletal muscles leads to an increase in cytosolic calcium levels and a slowed rate of calcium uptake into the sarcoplasmic reticulum.’
    • ‘Generally, cuboidal T2 pneumocytes were located in depressions created by the reticulum of capillaries of the alveolar wall.’
    • ‘The muscle of the gallbladder consists of longitudinal, oblique, and transverse fibers forming a single incomplete layer, a reticulum of muscle bundles separated by connective tissue.’
    • ‘In the cytoplasm of the tumor cell, abundant free ribosomes were recognized, but well-developed rough endoplasmic reticula were few.’
    web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellis
  • 2Zoology
    The second stomach of a ruminant, having a honeycomb-like structure, receiving food from the rumen and passing it to the omasum.

    • ‘All digesta was removed and weighed from the reticulum, omasal folds, mid-omasum, abomasum, small intestine, caecum, colon, and rectum.’


Mid 17th century from Latin, diminutive of rete ‘net’.

Main meanings of Reticulum in English

: reticulum1Reticulum2


Pronunciation /rɪˈtɪkjʊləm/

proper noun

  • A small southern constellation (the Net), between Dorado and Hydrus.


(also Reticuli)
  • postpositive Used with preceding Greek letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Reticulum.

    • ‘the star Beta Reticuli’


Latin, diminutive of rete ‘net’. Reticuli is the Latin genitive form of Reticulum.