- Anat. designating or of any of three deeply set muscles extending from the first two ribs to the cervical vertebrae, and serving to bend the neck
- having unequal sides and angles: said of a triangle
- having the axis not perpendicular to the base; oblique: said of a cone, etc.
Origin of scaleneLate Latin scalenus from Classical Greek skal?nos, uneven, odd from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel-, to bend, crooked from source Old English sceolh, squinting, Classical Latin coluber, serpent
Having three unequal sides. Used of triangles.
Origin of scaleneLate Latin scalēnus from Greek skalēnos from skallein to hoe, stir up ; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more scalene, superlative most scalene)
- A scalene muscle.