[ ey-pi-kuh l, ap-i- ]
/ ˈeɪ pɪ kəl, ˈæp ɪ- /


of, at, or forming the apex.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d.


Phonetics. an apical sound.

Origin of apical

1820–30; < Latin apic- (stem of apex) apex + -al1

Related forms

a·pi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apical


/ (ˈæpɪkəl, ˈeɪ-) /


of, at, or being the apex
of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)

Derived Forms

apically, adverb

Word Origin for apical

C19: from New Latin apicālis, from Latin: apex
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Medicine definitions for apical


[ āpĭ-kəl, ăpĭ- ]


Relating to the apex of a pyramidal or pointed structure.
Situated nearer to the apex of a structure in relation to a specific reference point.

Related forms

api•cal•ly adv.
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