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medial adj. 1 a situated in the middle. b (of a letter etc.) occurring in the middle of a word or between words. 2 of average size. ♦ medially adv. [Late Latin medialis from Latin medius middle]

I looked this up because of the popular practise of smushing two words together and capitalizing them both, like PlayStation or CinemaScope. I knew there was a word for this, but I couldn’t find it. The closest I came was the name of that second capital letter. Medial capital.

Definition courtesy of The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 1998.

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  1. Cathy
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 12:40 | Permalink

    I have come across the term ‘medial’ quite often, used by medical staff i.e. mediolateral, medial condyle etc. Is it a Latin derivative, I wonder?

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