[ per-ee-ey-pi-kuh l, -ap-i- ]
/ ˌpɛr iˈeɪ pɪ kəl, -ˈæp ɪ- /


encompassing or surrounding the tip of the root of a tooth.

Origin of periapical

First recorded in 1915–20; peri- + apical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for periapical


[ pĕr′ē-āpĭ-kəl, -ăpĭ- ]


At or around the apex of a root of a tooth.
Of or being the periodontal membrane and adjacent bone.
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