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di•a•ste•ma



Pronunciation: (dī"u-stē'mu), [key]
n.,
pl. -ma•taPronunciation: (-mu-tu). [key]

1. Cell Biol.the modified protoplasm at the equator of a cell, existing before mitotic division.
2. Dentistry.a space between two teeth, esp. a space between a canine and an incisor of the upper jaw into which a lower canine occludes.

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