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See also: médial



From Latin mediālis.



medial (comparative more medial, superlative most medial)

  1. Of or pertaining to a mean or average.
    medial allegation
  2. In or near the middle; not at either end.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      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.
  3. (anatomy) Pertaining to the inside; closer to the midline.
    The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.
    1. (entomology) Of or pertaining to the media and/or the areas of the wing next to it.
  4. (linguistics) Closer to the addressee.
  5. (linguistics, of a consonant) Central: produced when air flows across the center of the mouth over the tongue.


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medial (plural medials)

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