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interstice

[in-tur-stis]
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noun, plural in·ter·stic·es [in-tur-stuh-seez, -stuh-siz] /ɪnˈtɜr stəˌsiz, -stə sɪz/.
  1. an intervening space.
  2. a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts, especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts: the interstices between the slats of a fence.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. the interval of time that must elapse, as required by canon law, before promotion to a higher degree of orders.
  4. an interval of time.

Origin of interstice

1595–1605; < Latin interstitium, equivalent to interstit-, variant stem of intersistere to stand or put between + -ium -ium
Related formsin·ter·sticed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for interstices

interstice

noun (usually plural)
  1. a minute opening or crevice between things
  2. physics the space between adjacent atoms in a crystal lattice

Word Origin

C17: from Latin interstitium interval, from intersistere, from inter- + sistere to stand
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Word Origin and History for interstices

interstice

n.

early 15c., from Old French interstice (14c.) and directly from Latin interstitium "interval," literally "space between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + stem of stare "to stand" (see stet). Related: Interstices.

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interstices in Medicine

interstice

(ĭn-tûrstĭs)
n. pl. in•ter•stic•es (-stĭ-sēz′, -sĭz)
  1. A small area, space, or hole in the substance of an organ or tissue.
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interstices in Science

interstice

[ĭn-tûrstĭs]
  1. An opening or space, especially a small or narrow one between mineral grains in a rock or within sediments or soil.
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