[ top-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈtɒp ɪ kəl /


pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest: a topical reference.
pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
of a place; local.
Medicine/Medical. of, relating to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local: a topical anesthetic.


Philately. any of a collection of different stamps treating the same subject.

Origin of topical

1580–90; < Greek topik(ós) local, pertaining to commonplaces (see topo-, -ic) + -al1

Related forms

top·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for topical


/ (ˈtɒpɪkəl) /


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

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


[ tŏpĭ-kəl ]


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

Related forms

topi•cal•ly adv.
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