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intercalation

[in‚tər·kə′lā·shən]
(geology)
A layer located between layers of different character.

Intercalation

 

the appearance of new structures and processes in an already formed life system. Examples of intercalation are the articulation of new stages alongside already existing ones in the process of individual development, the formation of secondary venules between the main ones in the wings of insects, and the formation of additional silica in diatomaceous algae.

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Lattice exclusion remains the central lesson of these experiments: the graphite hexagonal planes continue to exclude the intercalate and struggle to remain "pristine" even at the cost of exfoliation.
1977, Dominican Republic), intercalates letters with first-person narrative in a story about living in Mexico City that also contemplates rupture and continuity, this rime in the figure of a young woman who struggles to piece together the disparate elements of her existence, which range from her job as a drug dealer to the demand by her eccentric landlord that she tell him stories once a week simply because her name is Ariadne.
From such studies using a variety of biophysical methods, it has been shown that alpha-tocopherol intercalates into phospholipid bilayers with the long axis of the molecule oriented parallel to the lipid hydrocarbon chains.
Within minutes, the material intercalates between the cells and fibers of the heart and rapidly forms a scaffold.
One long poem, "Radio Sandino," intercalates the author's personal thoughts and reminiscences with what one assumes were the actual or remembered words in her news reports of the war via Radio Sandino.