centripetal


cen·trip·e·tal

adjective \sen-ˈtri-pə-təl\

: moving toward a center : acting in a direction toward a center

Full Definition of CENTRIPETAL

1
:  proceeding or acting in a direction toward a center or axis
2
:  afferent
3
:  tending toward centralization :  unifying
cen·trip·e·tal·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb

Origin of CENTRIPETAL

New Latin centripetus, from centr- + Latin petere to go to, seek — more at feather
First Known Use: 1709

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

cen·trip·e·tal

adjective \sen-ˈtrip-ət-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CENTRIPETAL

: passing inward (as from a sense organ to the brain or spinal cord) : afferent
cen·trip·e·tal·ly \-əl-ē\ adverb

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