[ skey-leen ]
/ skeɪˈlin /
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  1. (of a cone or the like) having the axis inclined to the base.
  2. (of a triangle) having three unequal sides.
Anatomy. of or relating to a scalenus muscle.



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Origin of scalene

1635–45; <Late Latin scalēnus<Greek skalēnós unequal
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British Dictionary definitions for scalene

/ (ˈskeɪliːn) /


maths (of a triangle) having all sides of unequal length
anatomy of or relating to any of the scalenus muscles

Word Origin for scalene

C17: from Late Latin scalēnus with unequal sides, from Greek skalēnos
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Scientific definitions for scalene

[ skālēn′ ]

Having three unequal sides, as a triangle that is neither equilateral nor isosceles.
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