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[ey-pi-kuh l, ap-i-]
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  1. of, at, or forming the apex.
  2. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d.
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  1. Phonetics. an apical sound.
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Origin of apical

1820–30; < Latin apic- (stem of apex) apex + -al1
Related formsa·pi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

acute, pointed, finest, dominant, preeminent, leading, primary, excellent, elite, principal, keen, salient, fine, tapering, prime, superior, head, lead, crowning

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British Dictionary definitions for apical


  1. of, at, or being the apex
  2. of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)
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Derived Formsapically, adverb

Word Origin

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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apical in Medicine


pĭ-kəl, ăpĭ-)
  1. Relating to the apex of a pyramidal or pointed structure.
  2. Situated nearer to the apex of a structure in relation to a specific reference point.
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Related formsapi•cal•ly adv.
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