Definitions for topicalˈtɒp ɪ kəl
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pertaining to the surface of a body part
"a drug for topical (or local) application"; "a topical anesthesia"
of or relating to or arranged by topics
"a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis"
of interest at the present time
"a topical reference"; "a topical and timely study of civil liberty"
A topical anaesthetic.
Of current interest; contemporary.
Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.
local to a particular place
Applied to a localized part of the body.
Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.
of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege
pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics
resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument
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.
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