[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. apiaceous,
  2. apian,
  3. apiarian,
  4. apiarist,
  5. apiary,
  6. apical dental foramen,
  7. apical dominance,
  8. apical gland,
  9. apical granuloma,
  10. apical meristem

Origin of apical

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

Related formsa·pi·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for apically


/ (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 Formsapically, adverb

Word Origin for apical

C19: from New Latin apicālis, from Latin: apex

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Word Origin and History for apically



"of or belonging to an apex," 1828, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).

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Medicine definitions for apically


[ 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 formsapi•cal•ly adv.

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