One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Situated in the middle.
- ‘A medial moraine is a strip of morainal debris in the middle of glacier ice which marks where two glaciers come together.’
- ‘Not until after midnight, in an eerie twilight, do we sideslip around a medial moraine and discover two gigantic black holes in the silver glacier.’
- 1.1Zoology Anatomy Situated near the median plane of the body or the midline of an organ.The opposite of lateral
halfway, in-between, middle, mid, midway, median, intermediary, intervening, interposed, transitionalView synonyms
- ‘The deep branch innervates the quadriceps muscle, knee joint, and medial ligament.’
- ‘A negative number meant that the lateral malleolus was actually anterior to the plane of the medial malleolus.’
- ‘These fibers are named the medial and lateral patellar ligaments.’
- ‘With immobilization, the tight medial and posterior tarsal ligaments tend to yield.’
- ‘Osseous stability is reinforced by the medial and lateral ligament complexes.’
- 1.2Phonetics (of a speech sound) in the middle of a word.
mean, median, middleView synonyms
- ‘Epenthesis also occurs after medial m in some words: for example, Latin camera and numerus became French chambre and nombre, English chamber and number.’
- ‘Children were asked to remove phonemes from the beginning or medial portions of one-, two-, and three-syllable words.’
- ‘There is no b in dummy, derived from dumb, or crummy, derived from crumb, and although b is not pronounced finally in bomb, medial b is pronounced in bombard.’
- ‘A total of 15 items were included on this task requiring students to delete initial, medial, and final phonemes from words.’
- ‘An obvious device for poets and lyricists who are concerned with sound is alliteration, the repetition of initial or medial sounds in two or more adjacent words.’
- 1.3Phonetics (of a vowel) pronounced in the middle of the mouth; central.
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘relating to the mean or average’): from late Latin medialis, from Latin medius ‘middle’.
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