Definition of scalene in English:

scalene

Line breaks: sca|lene
Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪliːn
 
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adjective

  • (Of a triangle) having sides unequal in length.
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    • The most interesting results show, with a very ingenious proof, that an equilateral triangle has a greater area than any isosceles or scalene triangle with the same perimeter.
    • The dialogue elaborates an account of the world wherein the four different basic kinds of matter - earth, air, fire, and water - are regular solids composed from plane figures: isosceles and scalene right-angled triangles.

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  • 1 (also scalene muscle) Anatomy another term for scalenus.
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    • Typically the anterior scalene arises from the fourth, fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae (anterior tubercles), occasionally from the third, and rarely from the seventh.
    • It may perforate the middle and posterior scalene muscles; these two muscles usually form a common mass.
    • Single motor unit activity in the diaphragm and scalenes was recorded with monopolar electrodes, using methods reported previously.
  • 2A scalene triangle.

Origin

mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek skalēnos 'unequal'; related to skolios 'bent'.

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