adj 1 : designed to remove the root of a disease or all diseased tissue < surgery> 2 : involving complete removal of an organ < prostatectomy> < cystectomy> - compare CONSERVATIVE rad*i*cal*ly adv
, n : FREE RADICAL : also : a group of atoms bonded together that is considered an entity in various kinds of reactions .
Similar sounding terms: rad·i·cle reticula
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