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[guh-lak-tik] /gəˈlæk tɪk/
  1. of or relating to a galaxy.
  2. of or relating to the Milky Way.
immense; huge; vast:
a problem of galactic proportions.
Physiology. pertaining to or stimulating the secretion of milk.
Origin of galactic
1830-40; < Greek galaktikós milky. See galact-, -ic
Related forms
nongalactic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Better statistics might help to shed light on the nature of galactic evolution.
  • And financially compensate individuals and businesses negatively impacted by the spill, out of his own galactic-sized piggy bank.
  • But the glowing hydrogen inside the galactic cores, they said, could have several possible explanations.
  • The space alien aspect of fashion goes well beyond galactic shoulders and small heads.
  • Current data cannot reveal how far away it lies in the direction of the galactic center.
  • By big-time galactic standards, our star is quite undistinguished.
  • In all the chaos of a galactic pile-up, plenty of gas should get funneled toward the center and gobbled up, astronomers reasoned.
  • These occurrences were once considered impossible, but they have turned out to be common in certain galactic neighborhoods.
  • Perhaps the question of galactic rotation and the perceived requirement for galactic dark matter should be revisited.
  • In the end, the predicted number of luminous galactic satellites matched observations.
British Dictionary definitions for galactic


(astronomy) of or relating to a galaxy, esp the Galaxy: the galactic plane
(med) of or relating to milk
Word Origin
C19: from Greek galaktikos; see galaxy
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Word Origin and History for galactic

1839, "of the Milky Way," from Late Latin galacticus, from galaxias (see galaxy). In modern scientific sense "pertaining to (our) galaxy," from 1849.

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galactic in Medicine

galactic ga·lac·tic (gə-lāk'tĭk)

  1. Relating to milk.

  2. Promoting the flow of milk.

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