Adjective "apical" definition and examples

(Apical may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈeɪpɪk(ə)l//ˈapɪk(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to or denoting an apex.
  1. 'Perhaps this observable distinction between the two inner walls is used by the mechanism responsible for spatial orientation of apical cell division.'
  2. 'Cell size was calculated by dividing the mean total apical area by the mean number of cells for each apex.'
(of a consonant) formed with the tip of the tongue at or near the front teeth or the alveolar ridge, for example th or trilled r.
  1. 'His contribution to the study of errors in apical consonant articulation are world famous.'

More definitions

1. of, at, or forming the apex.

2. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated principally with the aid of the tip of the tongue, as t or d. noun

3. Phonetics. an apical sound.

More examples(as adjective)

"papillas can be apical."

"membranes can be apical."

"papillaes can be apical."

"regions can be apical."

"systems can be apical."

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Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin apex, apic- (see apex) + -al.