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diastema

di·a·ste·ma

 (dī′ə-stē′mə)
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.

diastema

(ˌdaɪəˈstiːmə)
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]

di•a•ste•ma

(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)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Perhaps because Byzantine chant has been a diastematic staffless notation since its origins, a staff notation will never fully realize this music.
The manuscripts of this latter period conceal the answer to a much-disputed problem concerning the development of Byzantine music up to Chrysanthos' reform: the ways that neumes denoting melodic formulas have been gradually replaced by their analysis in diastematic neumes, a process known as the stenographic theory.
Of course, such neumatic sources are routinely interpreted by reference to later diastematic sources, but should a similar comparative method be used to interpret the rhythmic patterns of unmeasured sources (trobador or trouvere songs, or the Latin songs of the Carmina Burana), we are told that the later, measured, sources "imposed" rhythms on songs hitherto innocent of such affronts.