1. <geometry> Having the sides and angles unequal; said of a triangle. Having the axis inclined to the base, as a cone.

2. <anatomy> Designating several triangular muscles called scalene muscles. Of or pertaining to the scalene muscles.

<anatomy> Scalene muscles, a group of muscles, usually three on each side in man, extending from the cervical vertebrae to the first and second ribs.

Origin: L. Scalenus, Gr., cf. F. Scalene.

<geometry> A triangle having its sides and angles unequal.

(01 Mar 1998)

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