Etymology
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topical (adj.)

1580s, "pertaining to a place;" see topic + -al (1). Medical sense "applied to a particular part of the body" is from c. 1600. Meaning "of or pertaining to topics of the day" is from 1873. Related: Topically.

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Definitions of topical

topical (adj.)
pertaining to the surface of a body part;
a drug for topical (or local) application
a topical anesthesia
topical (adj.)
of or relating to or arranged by topics;
a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis
topical (adj.)
of interest at the present time;
a topical and timely study of civil liberty
a topical reference
From wordnet.princeton.edu