Definition of apical in English:

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apical

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪpɪk(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈapɪk(ə)l/

adjective

1 technical Relating to or denoting an apex.
Example sentences
  • Shoot length was measured from the insertion point on the stem to the tangent line between the apices of the most apical green leaves.
  • Cell size was calculated by dividing the mean total apical area by the mean number of cells for each apex.
  • The top-most, or apical, bud of a shoot has dominance over all the lateral buds below it.
2 Phonetics (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.
Example sentences
  • His contribution to the study of errors in apical consonant articulation are world famous.
  • Variations can be made by changing the shape of the tongue behind the apical closure.

Origin

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

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