interstitial

adjective
in·​ter·​sti·​tial | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsti-shəl How to pronounce interstitial (audio) \

Definition of interstitial

1 : occurring in or being an interval or intervening space or segment : of, relating to, or forming an interstice an interstitial space … the site has been running interstitial ads, which consist of a full page of advertising between editorial pages, for a little more than a year.— Carl Sullivan
2a : situated within but not restricted to or characteristic of a particular organ or tissue used especially of fibrous tissue
b : affecting the interstitial tissues of an organ or part interstitial cystitis
3 : being or relating to a crystalline compound in which usually small atoms or ions of a nonmetal occupy holes between the larger metal atoms or ions in the crystal lattice

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Other Words from interstitial

interstitially \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈsti-​shə-​lē How to pronounce interstitially (audio) \ adverb

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Belle suffers from interstitial lung disease. and needs a lung transplant. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Gave the Coolest Wedding Gift to Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre," 29 Apr. 2019 Mae Vogel-Koslow, 2, was diagnosed with pediatric interstitial lung disease four weeks after she was born in February 2016. Fox News, "Toddler walks outside for first time ever after life-saving double lung transplant," 16 July 2018 Bodily fluids including urine, sweat, saliva, ocular fluids like tears, and interstitial fluids, which bathe cells, also contain glucose and are easier to get to than blood. Deborah Gage, WSJ, "Wearable Health Monitors: Do They Work?," 16 Sep. 2018 In strange interstitial chapters, Kushner also includes short excerpts from the diary of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, which Gordon is reading. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The bold, vivid worlds of Rachel Kushner’s novels," 7 June 2018 These interstitial monologues were fascinatingly bizarre, full of aimless asides and mildly humorous observations at which the worshipful crowd always laughed slightly louder than was warranted. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Wang, a free-wheeling journey through Neil Young’s past," 12 July 2018 If accessing true accu-points allows interstitial fluids to travel throughout the body, that might account for the difference. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Do We Finally Understand How Acupuncture Works?," 30 Mar. 2018 The best parts of the film come in interstitial shots that establish atmosphere. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 Kessler, who turned 70 this year, skipped last year's race after being diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease called chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Lung disease leaves this 70-year-old breathless, but it won’t keep her out of the Gold Nugget Triathlon," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of interstitial

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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interstitial

adjective
in·​ter·​sti·​tial | \ ˌint-ər-ˈstish-əl How to pronounce interstitial (audio) \

Medical Definition of interstitial

1 : situated within but not restricted to or characteristic of a particular organ or tissue used especially of fibrous tissue
2 : affecting the interstitial tissues of an organ or part interstitial hepatitis
3 : occurring in the part of a fallopian tube in the wall of the uterus interstitial pregnancy

Other Words from interstitial

interstitially \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce interstitially (audio) \ adverb

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