[ tur-muh-nl-ee ]

  1. in a way that leads or is expected to lead shortly to death; fatally or lethally: We offer care and support for terminally ill people and their families through home nursing.

  2. Informal. in a way that is beyond hope or rescue: I skipped her much-hyped interview with the terminally dull host of that new talk show.

  1. at the end: In the remark “Pretty hot today, eh?” the terminally positioned tag “eh?” invites agreement.

  2. Botany. at the end of a branch or stem: The plant has flower clusters 10–20 mm in diameter, which are located terminally.

  3. Biology. at the conclusion of the process of modification from a stem cell: The cells terminally differentiate as they migrate from the basal layer of the epidermis to the surface.

Origin of terminally


Other words from terminally

  • non·ter·min·al·ly, adverb
  • sub·ter·mi·nal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby terminally

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