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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.
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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]
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(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]
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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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AXO-AAV-GM2 was administered into the cisterna magna and lumbar spinal canal only.
Cortical tuber, axonal injury, mega cisterna magna; each abnormality detected in a single patient of the study group being 0.45% each.
Intrathecal pump was implanted in the cisterna magna under DSA without any complications in the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (Figure 1).
This patient's mother was 50-year-old without epilepsy and mental retardation, and her brain MRI revealed bilateral gray matter nodules along the surface of lateral ventricles and enlarged cisterna magna [Figure 1]b.
We included all reported cases of fetal mega cisterna magna from January 2007 till July 2011.
Major anomalies included ventriculomegaly 95(52.2%) neural tube defect 31(17.03%) cisterna magna 17(9.34%) and acrania 12(6.6%).
A prominent cisterna magna is noted, but there are no other findings to suggest a Dandy-Walker malformation.
The common posterior fossa abnormalities are mega cisterna magna and arachnoid cysts.
A guide cannula of 16 mm in length and 0.8 mm in diameter was implanted by means of a stereotaxic apparatus in order to contact the cisterna magna, according to the following parameters: Antero-posterior (AP) = -2.7 mm (posterior to the interaural line),Vertical (V) = -6.2 mm (below the dura-mater); Lateral (L) = 0; angle ([theta] = 31[degrees]); superior incisive = -3.2 mm under the interaural line.
However, early observation of a grossly dilated cisterna magna or a large anechoic midline structure should be followed up in a more detailed, later scan.
* Transcerebellar: + cerebellar hemispheres and vermis, TCD, cisterna magna.