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n. pl. cis·ter·nae (-nē)
1. Anatomy A fluid-containing sac or cavity in the body of an organism. Also called reservoir.
2. Cytology One of the saclike vesicles that comprise the endoplasmic reticulum.

[Latin, cistern; see cistern.]

cis·ter′nal adj.


n, pl -nae (-niː)
(Anatomy) a sac or partially closed space containing body fluid, esp lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
[New Latin, from Latin; see cistern]


(ˈsɪs tərn)

1. a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid.
2. a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin cisterna <cist(a) chest]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cisterna - a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
sac - a structure resembling a bag in an animal
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The cisterna chyli is an important structure because it receives the lymphatic drainage from the intestinal trunk, the right and left lumbar lymphatic trunks, and small lymph vessels that descend from the lower part of the thorax.
The TD usually arises from the cisterna chyli and ascends to the thorax.
2] Thoracic duct carries 60%-70% of ingested fat from the intestine to the circulatory system via the cisterna chyli near the junction of the left jugular and subclavian veins.
Further spread occurs via the iliac and para-aortic nodes to the cisterna chyli, thoracic duct, and then into the systemic blood circulation via the subclavian vein.