focal

[foh-kuh l]

adjective

of or relating to a focus.

Nearby words

  1. fob,
  2. fob off,
  3. fobs,
  4. foc,
  5. focaccia,
  6. focal amyloidosis,
  7. focal area,
  8. focal depth,
  9. focal distance,
  10. focal epilepsy

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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British Dictionary definitions for focally

focal

adjective

of or relating to a focus
situated at, passing through, or measured from the focus
Derived Formsfocally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for focally

focal

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for focally

focal

[fōkəl]

adj.

Of or relating to a focus.

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