medulla

[muh-duhl-uh]
noun, plural medullas, medullae [muh-duhl-ee] .
1.
Anatomy.
a.
the marrow of the bones.
b.
the soft, marrowlike center of an organ, as the kidney or adrenal gland.
2.
Botany. the pith of plants.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin: marrow, pith

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medulla (mɪˈdʌlə)
 
n , pl -las, -lae
1.  anatomy
 a.  the innermost part of an organ or structure
 b.  short for medulla oblongata
2.  botany another name for pith
 
[C17: from Latin: marrow, pith, probably from medius middle]
 
me'dullary
 
adj
 
me'dullar
 
adj

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medulla
1651, "hindmost segment of the brain," from L., lit. "marrow," also "pith of plants," of unknown origin, perhaps related to or influenced by medius "middle" (but cf. also O.Ir. smiur, Welsh mer "marrow").
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medulla me·dul·la (mĭ-dŭl'ə)
n. pl. me·dul·las or me·dul·lae (-dŭl'ē)
The inner core of certain organs or body structures, such as the marrow of bone. Also called medullary substance.


me·dul'lar or med'ul·lar'y (měd'l-ěr'ē, mə-dŭl'ə-rē) adj.
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medulla   (mĭ-dŭl'ə, mĭ-d'lə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural medullas or medullae (mĭ-dŭl'ē)
  1. See medulla oblongata.

  2. The central portion of an anatomical structure, such as the adrenal gland or the kidney.


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But since other body tissues also produce catecholamines, life can go on even if the adrenal medulla fails.
The medulla is the location of the latter events in thymocyte development.
Adrenal medulla, catecholamines, and pheochromocytoma.
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