: of or relating to the pith of a plant
: of or relating to a medulla and especially the medulla oblongata

Examples of medullary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The medullary cavity, the inside of bones that hold bone marrow, had stopped expanding, meaning the dinosaur wasn’t a juvenile. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 16 May 2024 The drugs are not recommended for use in people with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2023 People with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma, a cancer that forms in the inside of the thyroid gland, or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 syndrome, which causes tumors to form on the endocrine glands, should definitely stay away from this drug. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 19 Mar. 2023 Tyrosine kinase inhibitors also play an important role in the treatment of medullary cancer of the thyroid. Christine Coppa, Health, 15 Mar. 2023 A day prior, his family revealed Hillman was diagnosed in August with renal medullary carcinoma, a rare but highly aggressive form of kidney cancer that primarily affects young Black men with sickle cell trait. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 22 Dec. 2022 For some, Ozempic is contraindicated: it’s not advised for anyone pregnant or breastfeeding, or with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine tumors. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 The problem is that eggs and medullary bones only identify gravid female dinosaurs. Riley Black, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2020 His family also revealed in a statement that the former NFL star had been diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma in August. Phil Boucher, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of medullary was in 1830

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“Medullary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medullary. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: of or relating to the medulla of any body part or organ
: containing, consisting of, or resembling bone marrow
: of or relating to the medulla oblongata or the spinal cord
: of, relating to, or formed of the dorsally located embryonic ectoderm destined to sink below the surface and become neural tissue
: resembling bone marrow in consistency
used of cancers
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