# median

[mee-dee-uh n]

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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.

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## Origin of median

## Median

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## Origin of Median

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## Word Origin for median

C16: from Latin mediānus, from medius middle

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## median

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## median

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## median

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

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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