Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a net in form; netlike: reticular tissue.
  • adj. Marked by complexity; intricate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the structure of a net or a network; netlike
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a reticulum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form of a net, or of network; formed with interstices; retiform.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a reticulum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed like a net or of network. Hence, by extension.
  • Having many similar openings which are large in proportion to the solid parts.
  • Like a network; entangled; complicated.
  • In anatomy, forming or formed by reticulation; retial; full of interstices; cancellate; areolar; cellular: as. reticular substance, tissue, or membrane, which is the areolar or cellular or ordinary connective tissue. The rete mucosum of the skin is sometimes specifically called the reticular body. See rete.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling or forming a network

Etymologies

From Latin rēticulum, diminutive of rēte, net.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • One of these filters is called the reticular activating system RAS.

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  • The part of the brain that keeps us awake is known as the reticular activating system, or R.A.S., and is found on both sides of the brain.

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  • The part of your brain that does this filtering is a fine network of nerves at the base of your brain called the reticular activating system RAS.

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  • That all-important, life-shaping decision is made moment to moment, all the time, day or night, awake or asleep, by a part of your brain called the reticular activating system RAS.

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  • Coverning the entire nervous system is a complex system of cells in the brain stem known as the reticular formation.

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  • It is here, too, that the sensory filter is located, which we have been referring to as the reticular activating system (see p. 193).

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  • I may spell this wrong, but it is related to something in our thought process called our reticular activator.

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  • Brain research on football managers shows that a part of their brain, called reticular activating system, is almost permanently "on", which makes it almost impossible for them to relax.

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  • Golgi gave his Nobel lecture first, in which he tied to his belief in "reticular" neural networks, which was entirely contradicted by Cajal's Nobel lecture.

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  • The reason for the "reticular" portion of the name will be made clear later.

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