helical

helical
1. Relating to a helix. SYN: helicine (2). 2. SYN: helicoid. [G. helix, a coil]

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he·li·cal 'hel-i-kəl, 'hē-li- adj of, relating to, or having the form of a helix <the \helical configuration of DNA> broadly SPIRAL (1a)
he·li·cal·ly -k(ə-)lē adv

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hel·i·cal (helґĭ-kəl) spiral (def. 2).

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