- Medicine/Medical. the separation of normally joined parts, as in the dislocation of bones, without fracture.
- Physiology. the diastolic rest period immediately preceding systole.
Origin of diastasis
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The pulse was preternaturally slow—great stupor—dilatation of the pupils, and diastasis of the bones of the head.Remarks on the Subject of Lactation
Neither of them for the rest take into account the part played by diastasis and ferments.The Industries of Animals
As the result of injury, the end of the bone may become detached, a variety of fracture known as diastasis.
- the separation of an epiphysis from the long bone to which it is normally attached without fracture of the bone
- the separation of any two parts normally joined
- physiol the last part of the diastolic phase of the heartbeat
C18: New Latin, from Greek: a separation, from diistanai to separate, from dia- + histanai to place, make stand
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- Separation of normally joined parts, such as the separation of certain abdominal muscles during pregnancy.divarication
- The last stage of diastole in the heart, occurring just before contraction and during which little additional blood enters the ventricle.
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