Anatomy. situated between the cells of a structure or part: interstitial tissue.
Crystallography. an imperfection in a crystal caused by the presence of an extra atom in an otherwise complete lattice.Compare vacancy(def 6).
Origin of interstitial
1640–50;Related formsin·ter·sti·tial·ly, adverb
< Latin interstiti(um
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I transplanted in him the interstitial gland of a male goat.
The varieties are glandular, interstitial, haemorrhagic and senile.
The muscles in protracted cases suffer simple atrophy, but are sometimes the seat of an interstitial accumulation of fat.
Injuries that may be of no consequence to healthy persons may excite in the purpuric profuse hemorrhage, free or interstitial.
The changes are mainly of a parenchymatous or catarrhal rather than an interstitial nature, the epithelium being disposed to shed.
British Dictionary definitions for interstitial
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
Derived Formsinterstitially, adverb
chem an atom or ion situated in the interstices of a crystal lattice
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Word Origin and History for interstitial
1640s, from Latin interstitium (see interstice) + -al (1). Related: Interstitially.
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Relating to or situated in the small, narrow spaces between tissues or parts of an organ.
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