Answer :

Compounds formed when small atoms like H,C and N get trapped inside the crystal lattice of transition metals are called interstitial compounds.

Some properties of interstitial compounds are called:

1) Compounds are very hard

2) They are chemically inert

3) Have high melting points, higher than pure metals

4) They retain metallic conductivity.

So, interstitial compounds are actually chemically inert.

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