noun, plural: cisternae
(general) A reservoir or tank for storing water, especially a tank for holding rainwater for later use.
(cell biology) A space containing fluid, such as those occurring between the membranes of flattened sacs of the Golgi apparatus and the endoplasmic reticulum, also between the two membranes of the nuclear envelope.
- cisterna cerebromedullaris or cerebellomedullary cistern
- cisterna pontis or pontine cistern
- cisterna interpeduncularis or interpeduncular cistern
- cisterna ambiens or ambient cistern
Word origin: Latin cisterna, from cista (“‘box’”), from Ancient Greek kistē, “‘box’”.
Related forms: cisternal (adjective).
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