AskDefine | Define rete

Dictionary Definition

rete n : a network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels [syn: plexus] [also: retia (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



rete (plural retia)
  1. a network of blood vessels or nerves
  2. an anatomical part resembling or including a network






réte, /ˈrete/


Latin rete



  1. net
  2. (fig.) a trap

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Rete may refer to:
  • Rete, a net used by a gladiator known as a retiarius in ancient Rome
  • La Rete ('The Net'), the common name given to Movimento per la Democrazia (Movement for Democracy), an Italian political party
  • Rete A (also known as All Music), an Italian free-to-air television station
  • Rete 4, an Italian television station belonging to the Mediaset network
  • Rete algorithm, an efficient pattern matching algorithm for implementing production rule systems
  • Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), an Italian company, owner of Italy's railway network
  • Rete mirabilia, the blood reservoir often associated with countercurrent heat exchange in deep diving marine organisms
  • Part of an Astrolabe (navigational instrument)


  • Rete mirabile, a complex of arteries and veins lying very close to each other
  • Rete testis, an anastomosing network of delicate tubules located in the hilum of the testicle
  • Rete ovariumis, the corresponding rete in females, as seen in e.g. the sex organ of cat
  • Rete tubular ectasia, a benign condition, involving numerous small tubular cystic structures within the rete testis
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