interdigitate

verb in·ter·dig·i·tate \ ˌin-tər-ˈdi-jə-ˌtāt \

Definition of interdigitate

interdigitated; interdigitating
intransitive verb
:to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands

interdigitation

play \ˌin-tər-ˌdi-jə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

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It probably won’t surprise you to learn that interdigitate comes from the prefix inter-, as in interlock, and the Latin word digitus, meaning "finger." Digitus also gave us digit, which is used in English today to refer to (among other things) the finger or toe of any animal. "Interdigitate" usually suggests an interlocking of things with fingerlike projections, such as muscle fibers or the teeth of an old-fashioned bear trap. The word can also be used figuratively to imply a smooth interweaving of disparate things, such as the blending of two cultures within a shared region.

Origin and Etymology of interdigitate

inter- + Latin digitus finger — more at toe


Medical Dictionary

interdigitate

intransitive verb in·ter·dig·i·tate \ -ˈdij-ə-ˌtāt \

medical Definition of interdigitate

interdigitated; interdigitating
1 :to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands
  • thick myosin filaments interdigitate with the thin actin filaments
  • —J. M. Squire
2 :to undergo intercuspation
  • these teeth do not interdigitate completely
  • —J. A. Glassman

interdigitation

play \-ˌdij-ə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

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