Marrow vs Medulla - What's the difference?

marrow | medulla |

As nouns the difference between marrow and medulla

is that marrow is (lb) the substance inside bones which produces blood cells or marrow can be (geordie|informal) a friend, pal, buddy, mate while medulla is the soft inner part of something, especially the pith of a fruit.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) mary, marow, marowe, , Icelandic (m), and also Russian ("brain").


(en noun)
  • (lb) The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • (lb) A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
  • *1847 , Sir (Robert Hermann Schomburgk), "Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados", Bentley's Miscellany , Vol XXII, London: Richard Bentley, p.37:
  • *:The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable marrow , were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
  • The essence; the best part.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:It takes from our achievements/ The pith and marrow of our attribute.
  • *(Thomas Tusser) (1524-1580)
  • *:Chopping and changing I cannot commend, / With thief or his marrow , for fear of ill end.
  • Derived terms
    * bone marrow * marrowbone

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) margr.

    Alternative forms

    * marra


    (en noun)
  • (Geordie, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
  • Cheers marrow !
  • (Scotland) One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.
  • References

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  • The soft inner part of something, especially the pith of a fruit.
  • (anatomy) The inner substance of various organs and structures, especially the marrow of bones.
  • (anatomy) The medulla oblongata.
  • (botany) The internal tissue of a plant.
  • Derived terms

    * medullar * medullary * medulloblastoma ----