[in-ter-stish-uh l] /ˌɪn tərˈstɪʃ əl/
pertaining to, situated in, or forming .
Anatomy. situated between the cells of a structure or part:
Crystallography. an imperfection in a crystal caused by the presence of an extra atom in an otherwise complete lattice.
Compare (def 6).
of or relating to an interstice or interstices
(physics) forming or occurring in an interstice: an interstitial atom
(chem) containing interstitial atoms or ions: an interstitial compound
(anatomy, zoology) occurring in the spaces between organs, tissues, etc: interstitial cells
(chem) an atom or ion situated in the interstices of a crystal lattice
1640s, from Latin interstitium (see interstice) + -al (1). Related: Interstitially.
interstitial in·ter·sti·tial (ĭn’tər-stĭsh’əl)
Relating to or situated in the small, narrow spaces between tissues or parts of an organ.
A World-Wide Web page that appears before the expected content page. Interstitials can be used for advertising (intermercial, transition ad) or to confirm that the user is old enough to view the requested page, etc..
- Interstitial cell
interstitial cell n. A cell that occurs between the germ cells of the gonads and that may furnish the male sex hormone. Also called Leydig cell.
- Interstitial cystitis
interstitial cystitis n. A chronic inflammatory condition of unknown cause involving the mucosa and muscular tissue of the bladder and resulting in reduced bladder capacity.
- Interstitial disease
interstitial disease n. A disease that chiefly affects the connective tissue framework of an organ.
- Interstitial emphysema
interstitial emphysema n.