topical

[top-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest: a topical reference.
2.
pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
3.
of a place; local.
4.
Medicine/Medical. of, pertaining to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local: a topical anesthetic.
noun
5.
Philately. any of a collection of different stamps treating the same subject.

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

topically, adverb
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topical (ˈtɒpɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or constituting current affairs
2.  relating to a particular place; local
3.  of or relating to a topic or topics
4.  (of a drug, ointment, etc) for application to the body surface; local
 
topicality
 
n
 
'topically
 
adv

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topical top·i·cal (tŏp'ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Of or applied to a definite or localized area of the body.


top'i·cal·ly adv.
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Example sentences
Most healthy patients receive either a local injection or topical anesthetic.
Topical medications are those applied only to the surface of the body.
Topical subjects such as climate change and genetic engineering are given
  particular attention.
More relevant and topical than ever, it is a powerful tool for forward-thinking
  readers.
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