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 medially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of medial in a Sentence

four is the medial number between one and seven

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While the rats played, the researchers recorded their brain activity from individual neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex, a region associated with rules and social proximity. Los Angeles Times, "Scientists taught these adorable rats to play hide and seek," 13 Sep. 2019 By rubbing the teeth of the comb across another structure called the medial tooth, the animals are able to create a sound similar to claw stridulation (listen below). David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "Listen to a ghost crab frighten away enemies—with its stomach rumbles," 10 Sep. 2019 When people were experiencing that ASMR tingling, certain areas of the brain were more active: most notably the medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens. Craig Richard,, "The blissful and bizarre world of ASMR," 16 Aug. 2019 Infants, older adults, outdoor workers, people with preexisting medial conditions, and households without air conditioning are all at a greater risk. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Record-breaking overnight temperatures could make heat wave deadly for cities," 18 July 2019 Poole survived but continues to receive medial treatment for his wounds, police said Wednesday. John Glidden, The Mercury News, "Three arrested in connection with deadly North Bay pawn shop robbery," 18 July 2019 If the medial entorhinal cortex was responsible for representing the latter, Tsao reasoned, then maybe the lateral entorhinal cortex harbored a signal of time. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past," 12 Feb. 2019 Sale got an injection, the standard treatment for partial MUCL (medial ulnar collateral ligament) tears. Dan Shaughnessy,, "The news on Chris Sale’s elbow is potentially a disaster," 20 Aug. 2019 For 2019-20, lawmakers said the Teachers’ Retirement System must simply use money from its medial insurance fund to pay for it. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky has a nearly $200M budget surplus. Here's how it will be used," 11 July 2019

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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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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 medially (audio) \ adverb

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