topical

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adjective top·i·cal \ˈtä-pi-kəl\

Definition of topical

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or arranged by topics <set down in topical form>b :  referring to the topics of the day or place :  of local or temporary interest <a topical novel> <topical references>

  2. 2 :  designed for or involving local application and action (as on the body) <a topical anesthetic> <a topical remedy>

topically

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Like a topical medicine, a topical reference or story applies to something specific, focusing on a topic that's currently in the news. TV comedians often use topical humor, making jokes about a currently popular movie or the latest political scandal—if possible, one that just broke that same day. Topical humor has a short lifespan, though, because the news keeps changing and the new hot topics just keep coming. The medical meaning of topical stays closer to the meaning of the root, since it describes something that's put right on the place that seems to need it.

Circa 1525

First Known Use of topical

circa 1525


TOPICAL Defined for English Language Learners

topical

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adjective top·i·cal \ˈtä-pi-kəl\

Definition of topical for English Language Learners

  • : relating to current news or events : dealing with things that are important, popular, etc., right now

  • medical : made to be put on the skin


Medical Dictionary

topical

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adjective top·i·cal \ˈtäp-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of topical

  1. :  designed for or involving application to or action on the surface of a part of the body <applied a topical anesthetic to numb the skin> <eyedrops used in the topical treatment of glaucoma>

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