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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from apical

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

Examples of apical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Japanese Gardening with Ease," 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, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 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, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apical.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about apical

Time Traveler for apical

Time Traveler

The first known use of apical was in 1806

See more words from the same year

Statistics for apical

Cite this Entry

“Apical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apical. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for apical


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

More from Merriam-Webster on apical

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for apical

Comments on apical

What made you want to look up apical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!