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Main Entry: 1me·di·an
Pronunciation: primarystressmemacrond-emacron-schwan
Function: noun
Etymology: from Latin mediana vena "median vein (a large vein in the arm)," from earlier Latin medianus "being in the middle," from medius "middle" --related to INTERMEDIATE, 3MEAN, MERIDIAN
1 : a value in a series arranged from smallest to largest below and above which there are an equal number of values or which is the average of the two middle values if there is no one middle value <the median of the set 1, 3, 7, 12, 19 is 7 and the median of the set 2, 5, 7, 15 is 6>
2 : a line drawn from the vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side

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