- pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest: a topical reference.
- pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
- of a place; local.
- Medicine/Medical. of, relating to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local: a topical anesthetic.
- Philately. any of a collection of different stamps treating the same subject.
Origin of topical
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Examples from the Web for topically
And it's true that Khoury, who writes largely in a colloquial Arabic, has been a major innovator both stylistically and topically.Elias Khoury: Profile of the Essential Arab Novelist Today
August 3, 2012
Results in such cases are favorable to life but topically unsatisfactory.Gunshot Roentgenograms
Clyde S. Ford
The eyes at the same time should be topically medicated by the frequent use of cold water, or mild astringent collyria.
For the ulceration it is useless to prescribe, because it can neither be diagnosed nor topically treated by the nonprofessional.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Dancing is accompanied by choric songs, often topically composed for the occasion.A Civil Servant in Burma
Herbert Thirkel White
The volume is topically arranged, so that one may select those phases of development which interest him.A History of Spain
Charles E. Chapman
- of, relating to, or constituting current affairs
- relating to a particular place; local
- of or relating to a topic or topics
- (of a drug, ointment, etc) for application to the body surface; local
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Word Origin and History for topically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or applied to a definite or localized area of the body.
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