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Apical \Ap"ic*al\, a. [L. apex, apicis, tip or summit.] At or belonging to an apex, tip, or summit.
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"of or belonging to an apex," 1828, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).


a. 1 Of or connected with the apex. 2 (context botany of a meristem English) Situated at the growing tip of the plant or its roots, in comparison with intercalary growth situated between zones of permanent tissue. 3 (context linguistics of a sound English) Produced with the tip of the tongue. n. (context phonetics English) A sound produced by obstructing the air passage with the tip of the tongue.


adj. situated at an apex


Apical may refer to:

  • Apical ancestor, refers to the last common ancestor of an entire group, such as a species (biology) or a clan (anthropology)
  • Apical (anatomy), an anatomical term of location for features located opposite the base of an organism or structure
  • Apical (chemistry), a position in certain molecular geometries in chemistry
  • Apical (dentistry), direction towards the root tip of a tooth
  • Apical consonant, a consonant produced with the tip of the tongue
  • Apical dendrite, a type of dendrite found on pyramidal neurons
  • Apical dominance, the phenomenon whereby the main, central stem of a plant is dominant over other side stems
  • Apical Group, a palm oil exporter
  • Apical membrane, in cell biology the surface of a plasma membrane that faces inward to the lumen
  • Apical meristem, or apex, on a flower

Usage examples of "apical".

Without entering into details it may be mentioned that in the mosses it proceeds both in the archegonium and antheridium by the segmentation of an apical cell, while this is not the case in the liverworts.

And yet even that apical absurdity had become so much a part of the fantastic picture that he no longer questioned it.

No major-sport player had ever even orbited in close enough to hear the elisions and apical lapses of a mid-Southern accent in her oddly flat but resonant voice that sounded like someone enunciating very carefully inside a soundproof enclosure.