medio-, medi-

(Latin: middle)

The quality of being immediate; immediateness, immediacy.
In medias res.
"Into the middle of things." Extended to mean: "Into the thick of it."

The way a story or play might begin, as when a story begins in the middle and then flashes back to the cause of a character's trouble or perdicament. The writer may begin the play, story, poem, or novel by jumping into an ongoing stream of action which is considered a powerful writing technique in any language.

The benefits of beginning a story, play, or poem in medias res, or "into the thick of it", are not limited to the opening pages. The same technique can be applied to each new "beginnings" in chapters of a novel, acts in a play, or stanzas in a poem.

The in medias res technique does not work for every story, novel, play, script, or poem. Certain works may simply require a more methodical approach; however, the in medias res can create a hook that grabs the readers' attention from the very beginning.

In medio tutissimus ibis.
"You shall go safest in the middle course."
infero-median, inferomedian (s) (noun); infero-medians, inferomedians (pl)
Part of a modern combining form of Latin inferus "low" (as in inferior), used in scientific terms (primarily in Zoology) to designate parts situated low down or on the under side: "The infero-anterior is situated below and in front; infero-frontal, in the lower part of the forehead; infero-lateral, below and on one side; infero-median, in the middle of the under side; infero-posterior, below and behind."
1. Acting or of the nature of action between two persons, parties, etc.; serving as a means of interaction; mediatory.
2. Situated or occurring between two things (in space, time, degree, or character); intermediate.
3. One who acts between others; an intermediate agent; a go-between middleman, mediator.
1. Coming or occurring between two things, places, etc.; holding the middle place or degree between two extremes; interposed, intervening.
2. In spatial position, situated in the middle place, or between two things or places.
3. Occurring or coming between two points of time or events.

Intermediate technology: (1) a technology that is intermediate between other technologies or represents a transitional stage between them; (2) technology devised for the developing world which is simpler, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than that of the developed world, and so it is better suited to local resources and knowledge; but which is more efficient or productive than traditional local crafts; the development or advocacy of such technology.

intermedio-lateral, intermediolateral
Both intermediate and lateral; applied specifically to the tract of nerve cells that constitutes the lateral grey column of the spinal cord.
1. A short dramatic, musical, or other performance, of a light and pleasing character, introduced between the acts of a drama or opera.
2. A short movement serving as a connecting link between the main divisions (in the middle) of a large musical work, instrumental or vocal; sometimes used for an independent piece of similar character.
media (MEE dee uh) (plural of medium)
1. The primary means of mass communication, especially, by newspapers, radio, and television, is regarded collectively by the reporters, journalists, etc., who work for organizations engaged in such presentations of information: The use of media, instead of "medium" with the meaning of "a mass medium", as with journalism and television, has become widespread in English.

The use of media like "agenda" and "data" seems to be well established as a singular.

— Compiled and based on information located in the Scott Foresman Advanced Dictionary by Scott, Foresman and Company; Glenview, Illinois; 1983; page 694.
2. In anatomy, the middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymphatic vessel: Jane learned in her biology class that the media of the artery was composed of connective muscular tissues.
3. In entomology, the principal vein in the basic pattern of insect wing venation: Jeffrey studied his biology book regarding insects and found out that media referred to the main blood vessel in the movable organ for flying in butterflies, which was posterior to the radius and anterior to the cubitus.
The procedures of sending out information or news via channels of communication.
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mediacalcosis (s) (noun), mediacalcoses (pl)
A thickening and loss of elasticity of the walls of the arteries of the blood; especially, but not exclusively, muscular ones as a result of calcification.

A unit of medium, media words. The etymologicl development of media and medium.