- the marrow of the bones.
- the soft, marrowlike center of an organ, as the kidney or adrenal gland.
- medulla oblongata.
- Botany. the pith of plants.
Origin of medulla
Examples from the Web for medulla
Why is the medulla such an important part of the nervous system?A Handbook of Health
Let him swear by his instincts more, and live with his medulla oblongata.The Lost Art of Reading
Gerald Stanley Lee
At the moment of death the medulla oblongata is always rabic.Louis Pasteur
So much is to be inferred from the stimulant action of tobacco upon the medulla.Tobacco and Alcohol
It reduces the librarian to a medulla oblongata, so far as I am able to understand the psychology of the situation.
Word Origin and History for medulla
hindmost segment of the brain, 1650s, from Latin medulla, literally "marrow," also "pith of plants," of unknown origin, perhaps related to or influenced by medius "middle" (but cf. also Old Irish smiur, Welsh mer "marrow"). The word was used in the Latin senses in Middle English. Related: Medular; medullary.
- The inner core of certain organs or body structures, such as the marrow of bone.medullary substance
- See medulla oblongata.
- The central portion of an anatomical structure, such as the adrenal gland or the kidney.