A small space between things, especially between things that are usually closely spaced, such as cells. Interstices are the cracks and crevices, the breaks, the gaps. The word "interstice" comes from the Latin "interstitium" which was derived from "inter" meaning "between" + "sistere" meaning "to stand" = to stand between. Interstices can also refer to gaps in time and to special niches in a larger expanse.
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SYN: interstitium. [L. interstitium, fr. sisto, to stand]

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in·ter·stice in-'tər-stəs n, pl -stic·es -stə-.sēz, -stə-səz a space between closely spaced things (as teeth)

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a small space in a tissue or between parts of the body.
interstitial adj.

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in·ter·stice (in-turґstis) [L. interstitium] a small interval, space, or gap in a tissue or structure.

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