me·​di·​al | \ ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce medial (audio) \

Definition of medial

1 : mean, average
2a : being or occurring in the middle
b : extending toward the middle especially : lying or extending toward the median axis of the body
3 : situated between the extremes of initial and final in a word or morpheme

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Other Words from medial

medial noun
medially \ ˈmē-​dē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce medial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of medial in a Sentence

four is the medial number between one and seven
Recent Examples on the Web After missing the entire 2020-21 season, Collins underwent a second revision surgery in June to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture. oregonlive, 16 July 2021 Vaccinations minister Taro Kono recently said Japan is also preparing to start administering boosters — a third shot for those who have already received two — to medial personnel by the end of this year and to elderly people early next year., 27 Sep. 2021 Both the medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes and obex would be required for postmortem testing, instead of either. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 Her husband, 59, was also taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries, both from the initial medial emergency and the crash, were not immediately known. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 But while their two large front eyes, called anterior medial eyes, have high acuity, those eyes’ field of vision is small. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 15 July 2021 The medial prefrontal cortex is crucial to proprioception, bonding with others, and our sense of safety in the world. Donald Antrim, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Moustakas was sidelined for months because of lateral and medial tears in his plantar fasciitis. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 7 Aug. 2021 The shoes also come with a split color scheme on the medial sides and the hues are inverted from the left side to the right. Victor Deng For Footwear News, Robb Report, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of medial

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for medial

Late Latin medialis, from Latin medius

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19 Oct 2021

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“Medial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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me·​di·​al | \ ˈmēd-ē-əl How to pronounce medial (audio) \

Medical Definition of medial

1 : lying or extending in the middle especially, of a body part : lying or extending toward the median axis of the body the medial surface of the tibia
2 : of or relating to the media of a blood vessel necrosis and lipid deposition with medial involvement

Other Words from medial

medially \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce medial (audio) \ adverb

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