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helical

[ hel-i-kuhl, hee-li- ]
/ ˈhɛl ɪ kəl, ˈhi lɪ- /
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adjective
pertaining to or having the form of a helix; spiral.
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Origin of helical

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

OTHER WORDS FROM helical

hel·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for helical

helical
/ (ˈhɛlɪkəl) /

adjective
of or shaped like a helix; spiral

Derived forms of helical

helically, adverb
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Medical 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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