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;Related formsa·pi·cal·ly, adverb
< Latin apic-
(stem of apex
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Historical Examples of apical
The coat of the inner ball is thin and papery, and opens by an apical mouth.
Apical: at, near or pertaining to the apex; usually of a wing.
Apical horn and the six divergent feet twice to three times as long as the shell, bristle-shaped, irregularly curved and branched.
The apical horn and the three parallel feet are of equal size and similar form, straight, conical, one-sixth as long as the shell.
A small common central rod separates the two united pectoral feet from the two other spines (the caudal foot and the apical horn).
British Dictionary definitions for apical
Derived Formsapically, adverb
of, at, or being the apex
of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)
Word Origin for apical
C19: from New Latin apicālis, from Latin: apex
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Word Origin and History for apical
"of or belonging to an apex," 1828, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).
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Related formsa′pi•cal•ly adv.
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.
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