Definitions for topicalˈtɒp ɪ kəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. topical(adj)

    pertaining to the surface of a body part

    "a drug for topical (or local) application"; "a topical anesthesia"

  2. topical(adj)

    of or relating to or arranged by topics

    "a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis"

  3. topical(adj)

    of interest at the present time

    "a topical reference"; "a topical and timely study of civil liberty"


  1. topical(Noun)

    A topical anaesthetic.

  2. topical(Adjective)

    Of current interest; contemporary.

    Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.

  3. topical(Adjective)

    local to a particular place

  4. topical(Adjective)

    Applied to a localized part of the body.

  5. topical(Adjective)

    Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Topical(noun)

    of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege

  2. Topical(noun)

    pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics

  3. Topical(noun)

    resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument


  1. Topical medication

    A topical medication is a medication that is applied to body surfaces such as the skin or mucous membranes to treat ailments via a large range of classes including but not limited to creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments. Topical medications differ from many other types of drugs because mishandling them can lead to certain complications in a patient or administrator of the drug. Many topical medications are epicutaneous, meaning that they are applied directly to the skin. Topical medications may also be inhalational, such as asthma medications, or applied to the surface of tissues other than the skin, such as eye drops applied to the conjunctiva, or ear drops placed in the ear, or medications applied to the surface of a tooth. As a route of administration, topical medications are contrasted with enteral and intravascular/intravenous. A topical effect, in the pharmacodynamic sense, may refer to a local, rather than systemic, target for a medication. However, many topically administered drugs have systemic effects. Some hydrophobic chemicals, such as steroid hormones, can be absorbed into the body after being applied to the skin in the form of a cream, gel, or lotion.

Anagrams for topical »

  1. capitol, Capitol

  2. optical

  3. Capitol

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Craig Reedie:

    It's a very topical issue every time doping is discussed.

  2. Julianna Schantz-Dunn:

    You may feel some itching or painful urination, but the symptoms may not be as severe as you’d think, i’ve seen people try to treat herpes with a topical yeast medication—and that doesn’t do much.

  3. Fungai Machirori:

    If we're going to talk about Cecil in a balanced manner, we need to talk about the environment that Cecil and Zimbabweans inhabit, to be honest, Cecil, among most people who are highly read and highly knowledgeable about the context of Zimbabwe, was not a very topical issue until there was an international sort of perspective on it.

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