noun (plural retia /-tēə/)Anatomy
An elaborate network of blood vessels or nerve cells.
- On the volar surface, a venous rete is best marked on the thenar, hypothenar, and volar aspects of the wrist; its outlet in 99% of cases is the median antebrachial vein.
- The patella's primary nutrient vessels are branches from the articular branch of the descending artery of the knee (descending genicular), the anterior tibial recurrent, and the articular rete of the knee.
Mid 16th century: from Latin, 'net'.
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