American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
- adj. Linguistics Being a sound, syllable, or letter occurring between the initial and final positions in a word or morpheme.
- adj. Mathematics Being or relating to an average or a mean.
- adj. Average; ordinary.
- n. Linguistics A voiced stop, such as (b), (d), or (g). Also called media2.
- n. Linguistics A sound, letter, or form of letter that is neither initial nor final.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the middle; situated or existing between two extremities or extremes; intermediate in situation, rank, or degree: as, the medial letters of a word; a medial mark on an insect's wing.
- Mean: pertaining to a mean or average.
- In modern spiritualism, pertaining to a medium or to mediumship; mediumistic: as, medial faculties; medial phenomena.
- In zoology and anatomy, same as median and mesal.
- In botany, same as median.
- In modern music, a cadence, final or not, in which the next to the last chord is inverted; an inverted cadence.
- n. In Gr. grammar, one of the mutes
β, γ, δ, as if intermediate in sound between the surd mutes π, κ, τand the aspirates φ, χ, θ. The term medial (Latin media) translates the technical Greek μέσον, sc. α%27φωνον, middle mute.
- n. In entomology, same as median vein (which see, under median).
- n. In geometry, same as median, 1.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mean or average.
- adj. anatomy Pertaining to the inside; closer to the midline.
- n. One or more letters that occur in the middle of a word.
- n. Any of various things that occur in the middle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. dividing an animal into right and left halves
- adj. relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle
- From Latin mediālis. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin mediālis, from Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the medial side of the foot from behind forward may be felt the _medial process (internal tuberosity) _ of the calcaneus; the _sustentaculum tali_, which lies about 1 inch vertically below the tip of the malleolus; the _tubercle of the navicular_, about 1 inch in front of the malleolus, and at a slightly lower level; the _first (internal) cuneiform_, and the base, shaft, and head of the _first metatarsal_.”
“Basically, if you have the data to show that this person or these people got sick because of this exposure the the spiller is actually required to do this long term medial surveillance and help the people, pay for the people to get better.”
“A region in the very center of the thalamus called the medial nuclei also makes the sort of distinction that is interpreted by us as "pleasant" or "unpleasant.”
The Human Brain
“I have seen the archaic patterns of concentric circles and fish spines, (or whatever we call the medial line with slanting side lines,) neatly designed in white on the flag stones in front of cottage doors in Galloway.”
“The key areas of the brain identified -- one called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and another called the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) -- are the subject of debate among neuroscientists, but the PCC is thought by many to have a role in consciousness and self-identity.”
“The 33-year-old centre has been troubled most recently by hamstring problems, adding to a long term medial knee ligament injury.”
“Shopping, orgasm, learning, highly calorific foods, gambling, prayer," he says, "they all evoke neural signals that converge on a small group of interconnected brain areas called the medial forebrain pleasure circuit.”
“But the partially complete Ardi skeleton has generated the most discussion, especially over a bone from the base of her big toe called the medial cuneiform.”
“Your knees each have two shock absorbers that form the shape of a C—called the medial and lateral menisci.”
“In a followup to earlier findings that an area of the brain called the medial orbitofrontal cortex appears thicker in those who better control their emotional response to unpleasant memories, researchers found that study participants who exhibited better fear inhibition also score higher in measures of extraversion – an energetic, outgoing personality.”
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