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

Other Words from apical

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

Examples of apical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the opposite was happening in the apical dendrites: The difference in their response to unexpected stimuli increased over time. Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 Our dexterous thumb and fingers, with their unique proportions and opposability, place the world at our pulpy fingertips—along with millions of microbes collected by our noteworthy nails and fleshy apical pads. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2021 The trunk reaches up and branches into what are called apical dendrites. Quanta Magazine, 18 Feb. 2021 The key is in the separation of the signals entering the neuron for forward-going inference and for backward-flowing errors, which could be handled in the model by the basal and apical dendrites, respectively. Quanta Magazine, 18 Feb. 2021 This time of year, the pines are candled (metsumi), a process in which the apical shoots that stand up at the end of the branches like candles are snipped off to control the direction of new growth. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 6 Aug. 2020 In early-stage embryos of both groups, a structure called the apical ectodermal ridge (AER) acts as a signaling center that guides development of the fin and limb, respectively. John A. Long, Scientific American, 20 May 2020 This condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy. Mayo Clinic News Network (tns), The Seattle Times, 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, 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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“Apical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apical. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 apical (audio) \ adverb

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