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topical

[ top-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈtɒp ɪ kəl /
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adjective

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.

noun

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

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Nearby words

tophus, topi, topiary, topic, topic sentence, topical, topical anesthesia, topicality, topicalize, topically, topkhana

Origin of topical

1580–90; < Greek topik(ós) local, pertaining to commonplaces (see topo-, -ic) + -al1
Related formstop·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 Formstopicality (ˌtɒpɪˈkælɪtɪ), nountopically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for topical

topical


adj.

1580s, from topic + -al (1). Medical sense is from c.1600. Meaning "of or pertaining to topics of the day" is from 1873.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for topical

topical

[ tŏpĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or applied to a definite or localized area of the body.
Related formstopi•cal•ly adv.
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