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Word of the Day
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Definitions for interstitial

  1. pertaining to, situated in, or forming small or narrow spaces or intervals between things or parts.
  2. Anatomy. situated between the cells of a structure or part: interstitial tissue.
  3. Crystallography. an imperfection in a crystal caused by the presence of an extra atom in an otherwise complete lattice.

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Citations for interstitial
Philosophy should never have been purified. Rather than being seen as a problem, “dirty hands” should have been understood as the native condition of philosophic thought--present everywhere, often interstitial, essentially interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature. Philosophy is a mangle. The philosopher’s hands were never clean and were never meant to be. Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle, "When Philosophy Lost Its Way," New York Times, January 11, 2016
We are come to a world within the world. In these alien reaches, these maugre sinks and interstitial wastes that the righteous see from carriage and car another life dreams. Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, 1979
Origin of interstitial
Interstitial derives from the Latin interstitium meaning "interstice" or "an intervening space." It entered English in the mid-1600s.