interstitial

[ in-ter-stish-uhl ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈstɪʃ əl /

adjective

pertaining to, situated in, or forming interstices.
Anatomy. situated between the cells of a structure or part: interstitial tissue.

noun

Crystallography. an imperfection in a crystal caused by the presence of an extra atom in an otherwise complete lattice.Compare vacancy (def. 6).

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Origin of interstitial

1640–50; <Latin interstiti(um) interstice + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM interstitial

in·ter·sti·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for interstitial

interstitial
/ (ˌɪntəˈstɪʃəl) /

adjective

of or relating to an interstice or interstices
physics forming or occurring in an intersticean interstitial atom
chem containing interstitial atoms or ionsan interstitial compound
anatomy zoology occurring in the spaces between organs, tissues, etcinterstitial cells

noun

chem an atom or ion situated in the interstices of a crystal lattice

Derived forms of interstitial

interstitially, adverb
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Medical definitions for interstitial

interstitial
[ ĭn′tər-stĭshəl ]

adj.

Relating to or situated in the small, narrow spaces between tissues or parts of an organ.
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