[in-tur-stis] /ɪnˈtɜr stɪs/

noun, plural interstices
[in-tur-stuh-seez, -stuh-siz] /ɪnˈtɜr stəˌsiz, -stə sɪz/ (Show IPA)
an intervening space.
a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts, especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts:
the interstices between the slats of a fence.
Roman Catholic Church. the interval of time that must elapse, as required by canon law, before promotion to a higher degree of orders.
an interval of time.
noun (usually pl)
a minute opening or crevice between things
(physics) the space between adjacent atoms in a crystal lattice

early 15c., from Old French interstice (14c.) and directly from Latin interstitium “interval,” literally “space between,” from inter- “between” (see inter-) + stem of stare “to stand” (see stet). Related: Interstices.

interstice in·ter·stice (ĭn-tûr’stĭs)
n. pl. in·ter·stic·es (-stĭ-sēz’, -sĭz)
A small area, space, or hole in the substance of an organ or tissue.
An opening or space, especially a small or narrow one between mineral grains in a rock or within sediments or soil.


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