[ in-ter-dij-i-teyt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈdɪdʒ ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with or without object), in·ter·dig·i·tat·ed, in·ter·dig·i·tat·ing.

to interlock, as or like the fingers of both hands.


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Origin of interdigitate

First recorded in 1840–50; inter- + digitate

OTHER WORDS FROM interdigitate

in·ter·dig·i·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for interdigitation

/ (ˌɪntəˈdɪdʒɪˌteɪt) /


(intr) to interlock like the fingers of clasped hands

Word Origin for interdigitate

C19: from inter- + Latin digitus (see digit) + -ate 1
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Medical definitions for interdigitation

[ ĭn′tər-dĭj′ĭ-tāshən ]


The interlocking of toothed or tonguelike processes.
The processes thus interlocked.
Infoldings of adjacent cell or plasma membranes.
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