focal

[foh-kuh l]
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Origin of focal

From the New Latin word focālis, dating back to 1685–95. See focus, -al1
Related formsfo·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for focal

central, important, main, nucleus, principal

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British Dictionary definitions for focal

focal

adjective
  1. of or relating to a focus
  2. situated at, passing through, or measured from the focus
Derived Formsfocally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for focal
adj.

1690s, from Modern Latin focalis; see focus + -al (1).

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focal in Medicine

focal

[fōkəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to a focus.
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