medulla

noun
me·​dul·​la | \ mə-ˈdə-lə How to pronounce medulla (audio) \
plural medullas or medullae\ mə-​ˈdə-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce medullae (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of medulla

1 plural medullae
2a : the inner or deep part of an animal or plant structure the adrenal medulla

Examples of medulla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The innermost layer at the hair’s center is called the medulla. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Test the Strength of Hair," 28 Nov. 2019 The chance to jam on a regular basis with your idol is enough to melt the medulla of any man, woman or child. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 In September 2010 Lindsday went to the university hospital, where the doctor successfully extracted one of his adrenal medullas. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019 In September 2010 Lindsay went to the university hospital, where the doctor successfully extracted one of his adrenal medullas. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019 In fact, the vomiting in motion sickness is induced by the same area of the brain — the chemoreceptor trigger zone in the medulla — that causes vomiting in response to poisons. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Triangulation and Motion Sickness’," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of medulla

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for medulla

Middle English, from Latin

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“Medulla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medulla. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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medulla

noun
me·​dul·​la | \ mə-ˈdəl-ə How to pronounce medulla (audio) , -ˈdu̇l- How to pronounce medulla (audio) \
plural medullas or medullae\ -​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce medullae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce medullae (audio) \

Medical Definition of medulla

1 plural medullae
2a : the inner or deep part of an organ or structure the adrenal medulla

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