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interstitial

[in-ter-stish-uh l] /ˌɪn tərˈstɪʃ əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, situated in, or forming interstices.
2.
Anatomy. situated between the cells of a structure or part:
interstitial tissue.
noun
3.
Crystallography. an imperfection in a crystal caused by the presence of an extra atom in an otherwise complete lattice.
Compare vacancy (def 6).
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin interstiti(um) interstice + -al1
Related forms
interstitially, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for interstitially

interstitial

/ˌɪntəˈstɪʃəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an interstice or interstices
2.
(physics) forming or occurring in an interstice: an interstitial atom
3.
(chem) containing interstitial atoms or ions: an interstitial compound
4.
(anatomy, zoology) occurring in the spaces between organs, tissues, etc: interstitial cells
noun
5.
(chem) an atom or ion situated in the interstices of a crystal lattice
Derived Forms
interstitially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interstitially

interstitial

adj.

1640s, from Latin interstitium (see interstice) + -al (1). Related: Interstitially.

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interstitially in Medicine

interstitial in·ter·sti·tial (ĭn'tər-stĭsh'əl)
adj.
Relating to or situated in the small, narrow spaces between tissues or parts of an organ.

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