Finding the median in sets of data with an odd and even number of values.



  • A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm.
  • A line segment joining the vertex of triangle to the midpoint of the opposing side.
  • A number separating the higher half from the lower half of a data sample, population, or probability distribution. The median of a finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value to highest value and picking the middle one (e.g., the median of {3, 3, 5, 9, 11} is 5). If there is an even number of observations, then there is no single middle value; the median is then usually defined to be the mean of the two middle values.
  • The area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic; the median strip.


  • Situated in a middle, central, or intermediate part, section, or range of (something).
  • In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb.
  • Having the median as its value.


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  • Borrowed from Middle French median, from Latin medianus ("of or pertaining to the middle"), from medius (see medium), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos ("middle"). mean, and mizzen. Cognate with Old English midde, middel. More at middle.

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