noun, plural me·dul·las, me·dul·lae [muh-duhl-ee] /məˈdʌl i/.
- the marrow of the bones.
- the soft, marrowlike center of an organ, as the kidney or adrenal gland.
- medulla oblongata.
Origin of medulla
Related Words for medullavigor, heart, substance, embodiment, meat, gist, importance, essence, soul, crux, fiber, nucleus, significance, strength, force, marrow, pulp, center, corey
Examples from the Web for medulla
Historical Examples of 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.
noun plural -las or -lae (-liː)
Word Origin 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.