(noun, adjective)


1. pertaining to the surface of a body part

- a drug for topical (or local) application

- a topical anesthesia

Similar word(s): local

2. of or relating to or arranged by topics

- a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis

3. of interest at the present time

- a topical reference

- a topical and timely study of civil liberty

Similar word(s): current

Sentences with topical as an adjective:

- Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.


1. (pharmacology) A topical anaesthetic.