api·​cal | \ ˈā-pi-kəl How to pronounce apical (audio) also ˈa-pi- How to pronounce apical (audio) \

Definition of apical

1 : of, relating to, or situated at an apex
2 : of, relating to, or formed with the tip of the tongue n, l, and r are apical consonants

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apically \ ˈā-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apically (audio) also  ˈa-​pi-​ \ adverb

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This condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy. Mayo Clinic News Network (tns), The Seattle Times, "Women and heart disease: Know the symptoms and risk factors," 4 Feb. 2018 Dissatisfied with that choice, Mary Beth came across another option on the internet: an apical myectomy — a surgery that had been developed at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "How a rare heart surgery helped make music for the NFL," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of apical

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apical

probably from New Latin apicalis, from Latin apic-, apex

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api·​cal | \ ˈā-pi-kəl also ˈap-i-\

Medical Definition of apical

: of, relating to, or situated at an apex

Other Words from apical

apically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apically (audio) \ adverb

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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