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medial

 [me´de-al]
pertaining to or situated toward the midline.

me·di·al

(mē'dē-ăl), [TA] Do not confuse this word with median or mesial. These words are similar in meaning but not interchangeable. Medial generally means 'nearer to the midline of the body;' thus, the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve lies nearer to the midline than the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve. Median generally means 'between two other structures'; thus, the median nerve lies between the radial nerve and the ulnar nerve in the forearm. Mesial, used almost exclusively in dentistry, means 'nearer to the center line of the dental arch'.
Relating to the middle or center; nearer to the median or midsagittal plane.
Synonym(s): medialis [TA]
[L. medialis, middle]

medial

/me·di·al/ (me´de-il)
1. situated toward the median plane or midline of the body or a structure.
2. pertaining to the middle layer of structures.

medial

(mē′dē-əl)
adj.
1. Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
2. Linguistics Being a sound, syllable, or letter occurring between the initial and final positions in a word or morpheme.
3. Mathematics Being or relating to an average or a mean.
4. Average; ordinary.
n. Linguistics
1. A voiced stop, such as (b), (d), or (g). Also called media2.
2. A sound, letter, or form of a letter that is neither initial nor final.

me′di·al·ly adv.

medial

[mē′dē·əl]
Etymology: L, medius, middle
1 pertaining to, situated in, or oriented toward the midline of the body.
2 pertaining to the tunica media, the middle layer of a blood vessel wall. Also mesial.

medial

adjective Toward the centre, middle, median, as of the body.

medial

adjective Toward the center, middle, median of the body. Cf Lateral.

me·di·al

(mē'dē-ăl) [TA]
Relating to the middle or center; nearer to the median or midsagittal plane.
[L. medialis, middle]

medial

Situated toward the midline of the body. Compare LATERAL.

medial

Relating to the middle; nearer the median plane.

me·di·al

(mē'dē-ăl) [TA]
Relating to the middle or center; nearer to the median or midsagittal plane or center of dental arch.
[L. medialis, middle]

medial (me´deəl),

adj located in or directed toward the middle; closer to the body's midline.

medial

pertaining to or situated toward the midline.

medial nasal process
one of the frontal processes derived from frontonasal mesenchyme and forming part of the border of the nasal pits, the future nostrils.
medial palatine process
see palatine process.
medial patellar ligament
in the species in which the tendon is trifurcated (horse, cattle), the largest and most medial of the three patellar ligaments.
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