rete mirabile

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 [re´te] (L.)
arterial rete (rete arterio´sum) an anastomotic network of arterioles or minute arteries, just before they become capillaries.
articular rete a network of anastomosing blood vessels in or around a joint.
rete lymphocapilla´re any of the closed, freely communicating networks formed by the lymphocapillary vessels.
rete malpi´ghii the innermost stratum of epidermis.
rete mira´bile a vascular network formed by division of an artery or vein into many smaller vessels that reunite into a single vessel; in the human this occurs only in the arterioles that supply the glomeruli of the kidney.
rete tes´tis the network of channels formed in the mediastinum of the testis by the seminiferous tubules.
rete veno´sum an anastomotic network of small veins; called also venous network.
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re·te mi·ra·b'i·le

a vascular network interrupting the continuity of an artery or vein, such as occurs in the glomeruli of the kidney (arterial) or in the liver (venous).
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

re·te mi·ra·bi·le

(rē'tē mē-rahb'ē-lē) [TA]
A vascular network interrupting the continuity of an artery or vein, such as occurs in the glomeruli of the kidney (arterial type) or in the liver (venous type).
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012



rete mirabile

a system of arterial and venous capillaries in which COUNTERCURRENT EXCHANGE can occur.

Such a network occurs in, for example, the wall of the swim bladder, enabling the wall to be supplied with blood without a large loss of oxygen from the bladder into the blood.

Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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