[ey-pi-kuh l, ap-i-]


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 formsa·pi·cal·ly, adverb
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of, at, or being the apex
of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)
Derived Formsapically, adverb

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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apical in Medicine


pĭ-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 formsapi•cal•ly adv.
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