interdigitate

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. interdict,
  2. interdict list,
  3. interdiction,
  4. interdictory,
  5. interdigit,
  6. interdigitating cell,
  7. interdigitation,
  8. interdisciplinary,
  9. interest,
  10. interest group

Origin of interdigitate

First recorded in 1840–50; inter- + digitate

Related formsin·ter·dig·i·ta·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for interdigitation

interdigitate

/ (ˌɪntəˈdɪdʒɪˌteɪt) /

verb

(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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Medicine definitions for interdigitation

interdigitation

[ ĭn′tər-dĭj′ĭ-tāshən ]

n.

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

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