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apical

[ey-pi-kuh l, ap-i-] /ˈeɪ pɪ kəl, ˈæp ɪ-/
adjective
1.
of, at, or forming the apex.
2.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d.
noun
3.
Phonetics. an apical sound.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin apic- (stem of apex) apex + -al1
Related forms
apically, adverb
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Examples from the web for apical
  • The location of a structural curve is defined by the location of the apical vertebra.
  • These apical leaves are typically larger than those found on stems without flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for apical

apical

/ˈæpɪkəl; ˈeɪ-/
adjective
1.
of, at, or being the apex
2.
of or denoting a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue, such as (t) or (d)
Derived Forms
apically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin apicālis, from Latin: apex
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Word Origin and History for apical
adj.

"of or belonging to an apex," 1828, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).

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apical in Medicine

apical a·pi·cal (ā'pĭ-kəl, āp'ĭ-)
adj.

  1. Relating to the apex of a pyramidal or pointed structure.

  2. Situated nearer to the apex of a structure in relation to a specific reference point.


a'pi·cal·ly adv.
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