periapical [per-ee-ey-pi-kuh l, -ap-i-] Word Origin adjective

  1. encompassing or surrounding the tip of the root of a tooth.

Origin of periapical First recorded in 1915–20; peri- + apical periapical in Medicine periapical [pĕr′ē-ā′pĭ-kəl, -ăp′ĭ-] adj.

  1. At or around the apex of a root of a tooth.
  2. Of or being the periodontal membrane and adjacent bone.

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