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scalene

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adjective sca·lene \ˈskā-ˌlēn, skā-ˈ\

Definition of scalene

of a triangle

  1. :  having the three sides of unequal length — see triangle illustration



Origin and Etymology of scalene

Late Latin scalenus, from Greek skalēnos, literally, uneven; perhaps akin to Greek skolios crooked, skelos leg — more at isosceles


First Known Use: 1734


Medical Dictionary

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scalene

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adjective sca·lene \ˈskā-ˌlēn, skā-ˈ\

Medical Definition of scalene

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a scalenus muscle




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scalene

noun sca·lene

Medical Definition of scalene

  1. :  scalenus—called also scalene muscle




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