interdigitation

interdigitate

[in-ter-dij-i-teyt]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), interdigitated, interdigitating.
to interlock, as or like the fingers of both hands.

Origin:
1840–50; inter- + digitate

interdigitation, noun
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interdigitate (ˌɪntəˈdɪdʒɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to interlock like the fingers of clasped hands
 
[C19: from inter- + Latin digitus (see digit) + -ate1]

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interdigitation in·ter·dig·i·ta·tion (ĭn'tər-dĭj'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. The interlocking of toothed or tonguelike processes.

  2. The processes thus interlocked.

  3. Infoldings of adjacent cell or plasma membranes.

  4. See intercuspation.

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