helical

[ hel-i-kuh l, hee-li- ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪ kəl, ˈhi lɪ- /

adjective

pertaining to or having the form of a helix; spiral.

Nearby words

  1. helianthemum,
  2. helianthine b,
  3. helianthus,
  4. heliborne,
  5. helic-,
  6. helical gear,
  7. helical rack,
  8. helical scan,
  9. helically,
  10. helicase

Origin of helical

First recorded in 1605–15; helic- + -al1

Related formshel·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for helical

helical

/ (ˈhɛlɪkəl) /

adjective

of or shaped like a helix; spiral
Derived Formshelically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for helical

helical

adj.

"spiral-shaped," 1590s, from Latin helicem (see helix) + -al (1).

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Medicine definitions for helical

helical

[ hĕlĭ-kəl, hēlĭ- ]

adj.

Of or having the shape of a helix; spiral.
Having a shape approximating that of a helix.

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