See also: médial

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin mediālis (middle), from medius (that is in the middle or midst) +‎ -ālis (-al, adjectival suffix).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmiː.di.əl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːdiəl

AdjectiveEdit

medial (comparative more medial, superlative most medial)

  1. (mathematics) Of or pertaining to a mean or average.
    medial allegation
  2. Situated in or near the middle; not at either end.
    1. (anatomy, zootomy) Pertaining to the inside; closer to the median plane of the body or the midline of a organ.
      The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.
      Antonym: lateral
    2. (entomology) Of or pertaining to the media and/or the areas of the wing next to it.
    3. (phonetics) (of a speech sound) In the middle of a word.
    4. (phonetics) (of a consonant) Central: produced when air flows across the center of the mouth over the tongue.
      • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate [], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
        Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
    5. (linguistics) Closer to the addressee.

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NounEdit

medial (plural medials)

  1. Any of various things that occur in the middle.
    1. One or more letters that occur in the middle of a word.

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin medialis.

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medial (not comparable)

  1. medial

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French médial, from Latin medialis.

AdjectiveEdit

medial m or n (feminine singular medială, masculine plural mediali, feminine and neuter plural mediale)

  1. medial

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin mediālis. Cf. also meaja.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /meˈdjal/, [meˈð̞jal]
  • Rhymes: -al

AdjectiveEdit

medial (plural mediales)

  1. medial

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