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topical

[ top-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈtɒp ɪ kəl /
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adjective
relating to or dealing with matters of current or local interest: a topical reference.
relating to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
relating to or in a particular place; local: The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate, or water-related issues.
Medicine/Medical. of, relating to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local: a topical anesthetic.
noun
Philately. any of a collection of different stamps treating the same subject.
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Origin of topical

First recorded in 1580–90; from Greek topik(ós) “local, pertaining to commonplaces” (see topo-, -ic) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM topical

top·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for topical

topical
/ (ˈtɒpɪkəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or constituting current affairs
relating to a particular place; local
of or relating to a topic or topics
(of a drug, ointment, etc) for application to the body surface; local

Derived forms of topical

topicality (ˌtɒpɪˈkælɪtɪ), nountopically, adverb
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Medical definitions for topical

topical
[ tŏpĭ-kəl ]

adj.
Of or applied to a definite or localized area of the body.

Other words from topical

topi•cal•ly adv.
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