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n. pl. di·a·ste·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A gap or space between two teeth.

[Late Latin diastēma, interval, from Greek, from diistanai, diastē-, to separate; see diastasis.]

di′a·ste·mat′ic (-stə-măt′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -mata (-mətə)
1. (Pathology) an abnormal space, fissure, or cleft in a bodily organ or part
2. (Dentistry) a gap between the teeth
[C19: New Latin, from Greek: gap, from diistanai to separate; see diastasis]


(ˌdaɪ əˈsti mə)

n., pl. -ma•ta (-mə tə)
a gap between two adjacent teeth.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek diástēma interval, derivative (with -ma n. suffix of result) of diïstánai (see diastase)]
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Noun1.diastema - a gap or vacant space between two teeth
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
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First, diastaseis the word for "dimension," is closely akin to diastema, Greek for "interval" or "extension," and in their affinity both terms anticipate Descartes' insistence on the three-dimensional character of res extensa: to be extended is to be three-dimensional and vice versa.
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