Origin of diastemaClassical Greek diast?ma: see diastem
Origin of diastemaLate Latin diastēma interval from Greek from diistanai diastē- to separate ; see diastasis .
(plural diastemas or diastemata)
- A gap or space between two adjacent teeth, especially the upper front incisors (in humans). In other species, a diastema refers to a gap between teeth of different types, e.g. incisors and molars, which is a feature of some rodents and ungulates.
- In pathology, a diastema may refer to any an abnormal space, fissure, or cleft in an organ or part of the body.
- In cell biology, the diastema is the modified protoplasm at the equator of a cell, existing before mitotic division.
From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek διάστημα (diástēma, “interval, space between”). Compare diastasis.