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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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Chyle is conducted from intestinal lymphatics to the cisterna chyli, which eventually drains into the left subclavian vein via the thoracic duct through the posterior mediastinum.
The thoracic duct extends from the cisterna chyli, at the level of the second lumbar vertebral body, to a structure posterior and to the right of the aorta.
Flow continues via the intestinal lymph trunk to the cisterna chyli, thence to the thoracic duct (2).