; more interstitially, most interstitially
Concerning how a small or narrow space can develop between things: The clouds changed their form interstitially, allowing the sun to shine brilliantly through the gaps that appeared in the sky.
irresistibility (s) (noun)
, irresistibilities (pl)
A situation of something being overwhelming, overpowering, or totally hopeless to refrain from: The best way to alleviate Jack's hunger was the irresistibility of going to his favorite steak house in town.
; more irresistible, most irresistible
1. Pertaining to something so powerful that it is unavoidable: Agatha was on a strict diet, but one day she felt an irresistible and compelling urge to eat a piece of chocolate cake for desert.
2. Regarding something or someone that is overpoweringly attractive: The new student in Jane's class was so nice and beautiful, and had such an irresistable personality, that everyone wanted to be her friend!
irresistibleness (s) (noun)
, irresistiblenesses (pl)
The quality or state of being overwhelming and totally impossible to oppose or withstand: Becky imagined the irresistibleness of seeing an extremely handsome man in front of her and asking her for a date!
; more irresistibly, most irresistibly
Descriptive of how something or a person cannot be avoided or turned down: The bakery downtown made irresistibly delicious cake, so Tim and his wife went there regularly for tea and cake every weekend!
isostasy (s) (noun)
, isostasies (pl)
A state of equilibrium or balance between forces which exist inside the Earth's crust: The term isostasy was invented by Clarence Dutton, an American geologist, in 1882, and explains how different topographic elevations can prevail on the surface of the Earth.
Justitia stabilitur thronus.
By justice is the throne upheld.
Motto of Friedrich, Count of the Palatinate of Vohenstrauss (1557-1597).
kinestasis (s) (noun) (no plural)
A method used in making films which employs still photographs: For the visual presentation of kinestasis the images are projected by a motion-picture projector whereby the images inside the frames do not move, but do create an illusion of movement.
Of or relating to data about words: The composers of dictionaries use lexicostatistic techniques to study the relationships between languages so they can determine the etymological sources for their entries.
lexicostatistics (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. A technique used in glottochronology: Lexicostatistics is used in order to calculate how long ago various languages developed from a mutual source language.
2. The study of words between languages for historical reasons: An interesting factor in lexicostatistics is the comparison of two languages relating to changes in a list of common vocabulary terms and the sharing of common root words.
lymphostasis (s) (noun)
, lymphostases (pl)
Obstruction or stoppage of the regular flow of lymph: A case of lymphostasis can be diagnosed when bacteria and proteins cannot be eliminated from the tissues in the body due to some blockage.
menostasis (s) (noun)
, menostases (pl)
Suppression or failure of the menstrual flow: Menostasis, or menostasia, is present before puberty in girls and in the process of menopause in women, but it can also be an abnormal absence of blood flow in women, which would then need a doctor's attention.
metastasis (meh TAS tuh sis) (s), metastases (meh TAS tuh SEEZ) (pl)
1. The spread of a cancer from the original tumor to other parts of the body: Dr. Smith explained Tom's case of cancer as resembling tiny clumps of cells which had been transported by his blood or lymph to a further organ of his body.
2. A malignant tumor that has developed in the body as a result of the spread of cancer cells from the original tumor: A tumor formed by cells that have spread is called a "metastatic tumor" or a metastasis
which contains cells that are like those in the original or primary tumor.
3. Etymology: from Greek metastasis
, "transference, removal, change"; from methistanai
, "to remove, to change", from meta-
, "over, across" + histanai
, "to place, to cause to stand".
It was a rhetorical term in Late Latin for "a sudden transition in subjects"; the medical use for "shift of disease from one part of the body to another" dates from 1663 in English.
; more meteoresistant, most meteoresistant
Regarding something which is comparatively insensitive to weather conditions: Jack bought a pair of shoes that seemed to be quite meteoresistant to all kinds of climates and temperatures, and he wore them for years!
metrostasis (s) (noun)
, metrostases (pl)
A condition whereas the length of a muscle fiber is comparatively fixed, and at which span limit it contracts and then relaxes: When Marge was reading her book on medicine, she came across the section on tendons, sinews, and connective tissues and how they relate to metrostasis which allows people to move their bodies.
Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: