|a mass of protoplasm found in most cells, directing their growth, metabolism, reproduction, and functioning in the transmission of genic characters|
|the close external resemblance of an organism to some different organism, such that it benefits from mistaken identity, as seeming to be unpalatable|
|1.||midway between extremes; average: a medium size|
|2.||light Compare dark (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a moderate amount of light: a medium red|
|—n , -dia, -diums|
|3.||an intermediate or middle state, degree, or condition; mean: the happy medium|
|4.||an intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect; vehicle: air is a medium for sound|
|5.||a means or agency for communicating or diffusing information, news, etc, to the public: television is a powerful medium|
|6.||a person supposedly used as a spiritual intermediary between the dead and the living|
|7.||the substance in which specimens of animals and plants are preserved or displayed|
|8.||biology short for culture medium|
|9.||the substance or surroundings in which an organism naturally lives or grows|
|a. the category of a work of art, as determined by its materials and methods of production: the medium of wood engraving|
|b. the materials used in a work of art|
|11.||any solvent in which pigments are mixed and thinned|
|12.||any one of various sizes of writing or printing paper, esp 18½ by 23½ inches or 17½ by 22 inches (small medium)|
medium me·di·um (mē'dē-əm)
n. pl. me·di·ums or me·di·a (-dē-ə)
Something, such as an intermediate course of action, that occupies a position or represents a condition midway between extremes.
An intervening substance through which something else is transmitted or carried on.
An agency by which something is accomplished, conveyed, or transferred.
The substance, often nutritive, in which a specific organism lives and thrives.
A culture medium.
A filtering substance, such as filter paper.
|medium (mē'dē-əm) Pronunciation Key
see happy medium.