Intermediate vs Median - What's the difference?

intermediate | median |

As adjectives the difference between intermediate and median

is that intermediate is being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range while median is situated in the middle; central, intermediate.

As nouns the difference between intermediate and median

is that intermediate is anything in an intermediate position while median is .

As a verb intermediate

is to mediate, to be an intermediate.




(en adjective)
  • Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.
  • {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , which covered his belly to the navel and gave it the air of a flesh brush; and soon I felt it joining close to mine, when he had drove the nail up to the head, and left no partition but the intermediate hair on both sides.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}


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    (en noun)
  • Anything in an intermediate position.
  • An intermediary.
  • (chemistry) Any substance formed as part of a series of chemical reactions that is not the end-product.
  • Verb

  • to mediate, to be an intermediate
  • to arrange, in the manner of a broker
  • Central banks need to regulate the entities that intermediate monetary transactions.

    Derived terms

    * intermediation *



    (wikipedia median)


    (en noun)
  • * , II.3:
  • Why is not our jugular or throat-veine as much at our command as the mediane ?
  • * , II.5.2:
  • The Greeks prescribe the median or middle vein to be opened, and so much blood to be taken away as the patient may well spare, and the cut that is made must be wide enough.
  • (statistics) The quantity or value at the midpoint of a set of values, such that the variable is equally likely to fall above or below it; the middle value of a discrete series arranged in magnitude (or the mean of the middle two terms when there is an even number of terms).
  • (US) The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic.
  • Synonyms

    * (median strip) central reservation


  • Situated in the middle; central, intermediate.
  • (anatomy, botany) In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb.
  • (statistics) Having the median as its value.
  • Derived terms

    * median line * median strip

    See also

    * average * mean * mode


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