# median

[ mee-dee-uh n ]

/ ˈmi di ən /

### noun

Arithmetic, Statistics. the middle number in a given sequence of numbers, taken as the average of the two middle numbers when the sequence has an even number of numbers: 4 is the median of 1, 3, 4, 8, 9.

Geometry. a straight line from a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.

Also called midpoint. a vertical line that divides a histogram into two equal parts.Compare central tendency.

### adjective

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## RELATED WORDS

par, central, center, average, midpoint, midway, intermediate, intermediary, mean, equidistant, halfway, medial, mid, middlemost, midmost

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## Origin of median

Related formsme·di·an·ly, adverbpost·me·di·an, adjectivepre·me·di·an, noun, adjectivesub·me·di·an, adjective

## Definition for median (2 of 2)

## Median

[ mee-dee-uh n ]

/ ˈmi di ən /

### adjective

of or relating to Media, the Medes, or their language.

### noun

a Mede.

the Iranian language of ancient Media, contemporaneous with Old Persian.

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## British Dictionary definitions for median

## median

/ (ˈmiːdɪən) /

### adjective

### noun

Derived Formsmedianly, adverb

## Word Origin for median

C16: from Latin mediānus, from medius middle

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## Medicine definitions for median

## median

[ mē′dē-ən ]

### adj.

Relating to, located in, or extending toward the middle.

Of, relating to, or situated in or near the plane that divides a bilaterally symmetrical animal into right and left halves; mesial.

Of, relating to, or constituting the middle value in a distribution.

### n.

A median point, plane, line, or part.

The middle value in a distribution, above and below which lie an equal number of values.

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## Science definitions for median

## median

[ mē′dē-ən ]

In a sequence of numbers arranged from smallest to largest:

- The middle number, when such a sequence has an odd number of values. For example, in the sequence 3, 4, 14, 35, 280, the median is 14.
- The average of the two middle numbers, when such a sequence has an even number of values. For example, in the sequence 4, 8, 10, 56, the median is 9 (the average of 8 and 10). Compare arithmetic mean average mode.

A line joining a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.

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## Culture definitions for median (1 of 2)

## median

The point in a series at which half of the values or units of the series are higher and half lower.

## Culture definitions for median (2 of 2)

## median

In statistics, the middle value of a set of numbers or data points; half the figures will fall below the median and half above. (See average; compare mean and mode.)

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