- 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 scal&emacron;nus, from Greek skal&emacron;nos, from skallein, to hoe, stir up; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more scalene, superlative most scalene)
- A scalene muscle.