1. Being of current interest or relevance: topical issues.
2. Medicine Relating to, applied to, or affecting a localized area of the body, especially of the skin: a topical anesthetic.
3. Of, arranged by, or relating to a particular topic or topics: a topical concordance to the Bible.
A topical anesthetic.
[From Greek topikos, from topos, place.]
top′i·cali·ty (-kălĭ-tē) n.
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