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 Dictionary entry overview: What does topical mean? 

TOPICAL (adjective)
  The adjective TOPICAL has 3 senses:

1. pertaining to the surface of a body part
2. of or relating to or arranged by topics
3. of interest at the present time

  Familiarity information: TOPICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

TOPICAL (adjective)

Sense 1topical [BACK TO TOP]


Pertaining to the surface of a body part

Context examples:

a drug for topical (or local) application / a topical anesthesia


local (affecting only a restricted part or area of the body)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Sense 2topical [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to or arranged by topics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis


topic (some situation or event that is thought about)

Sense 3topical [BACK TO TOP]


Of interest at the present time

Context examples:

a topical reference / a topical and timely study of civil liberty


current (occurring in or belonging to the present time)

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