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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

(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

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]
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