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[foh-kuh l] /ˈfoʊ kəl/

of or relating to a .
of or relating to a focus
situated at, passing through, or measured from the focus

1690s, from Modern Latin focalis; see focus + -al (1).

focal fo·cal (fō’kəl)
Of or relating to a focus.


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