Topical
Pertaining to a particular surface area. A topical agent is applied to a certain area of the skin and is intended to affect only the area to which it is applied. Whether its effects are indeed limited to that area depends upon whether the agent stays where it is put or is absorbed into the blood stream.
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Relating to a definite place or locality; local. [G. topikos, fr. topos, place]

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top·i·cal 'täp-i-kəl adj designed for or involving application to or action on the surface of a part of the body <applied a \topical anesthetic to numb the skin> <eyedrops used in the \topical treatment of glaucoma>
top·i·cal·ly -k(ə-)lē adv

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adj.
local: used for the route of administration of a drug that is applied directly to the part being treated (e.g. to the skin or eye).

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top·i·cal (topґĭ-kəl) [Gr. topikos] pertaining to a particular surface area, as a topical antiinfective applied to a certain area of the skin and affecting only the area to which it is applied.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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