[ mee-dee-uh l ]
/ ˈmi di əl /


situated in or pertaining to the middle; median; intermediate.
pertaining to a mean or average; average.
Phonetics. within a word or syllable; neither initial nor final, as the t, a, and n in stand.
Entomology. pertaining to, involving, or situated near the media.


  1. a medial sound or letter.
  2. media2(def 1).


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Origin of medial

First recorded in 1560–70, medial is from the Late Latin word mediālis middle. See medium, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for medial

/ (ˈmiːdɪəl) /


of or situated in the middle
ordinary or average in size
maths relating to an average
zoology of or relating to a media


phonetics a speech sound between being fortis and lenis; media

Derived forms of medial

medially, adverb

Word Origin for medial

C16: from Late Latin mediālis, from medius middle
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Medical definitions for medial

[ mēdē-əl ]


Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
Being or relating to an average or a mean.
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