Topical meaning

tŏpĭ-kəl
Of, arranged by, or relating to a particular topic or topics.

A topical concordance to the Bible.

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A topical anesthetic.
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The definition of topical is something relevant or related, or something applied to the surface of the body.

When you are discussing a film, the reviews about it are an example of something that is topical.

A cream medicine that you apply directly to the skin instead of taking as a pill is an example of a topical cream.

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Being of current interest or relevance.

Topical issues.

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(medicine) Relating to, applied to, or affecting a localized area of the body, especially of the skin.

A topical anesthetic.

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(med.) Of or for a particular part of the body; esp., designating or by local application.

A topical remedy.

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(archaic) Of a particular place; local.
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Of, using, or arranged by topics, or subjects.
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Having to do with topics of the day; of current or local interest.

Topical allusions in literature.

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Relating to, applied to, or affecting a localized area of the body, especially of the skin.

A topical anesthetic.

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A topical anesthetic.
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Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.

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Local to a particular place.
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(medicine, not comparable) Applied to a localized part of the body.
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(pharmacology) A topical anaesthetic.
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Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.
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Origin of topical

  • From Greek topikos from topos place

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition