- 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