centric

adjective cen·tric \ ˈsen-trik \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of centric

1 :located in or at a center :central
  • a centric point
2 :concentrated about or directed to a center
  • a centric activity
3 :of, relating to, or having a centromere
4 :of, relating to, or resembling an order (Centrales) of radially symmetrical diatoms

centrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

centricity

play \sen-ˈtri-sə-tē\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of centric

Greek kentrikos of the center, from kentron


-centric

adjective combining form

Definition of -centric

1 :having (such) a center or (such or so many) centers
  • polycentric
2 :having (something specified) as its center
  • heliocentric

Examples of -centric in a Sentence

  1. The solar system is heliocentric, meaning that the sun is at its center.

Origin and Etymology of -centric

Medieval Latin -centricus, from Latin centrum center


CENTRIC Defined for English Language Learners

-centric

adjective combining form

Definition of -centric for English Language Learners

  • : having (something) at the center

  • : having (something) as a central interest, influence, subject, etc.


Medical Dictionary

centric

adjective cen·tric \ ˈsen-trik \

medical Definition of centric

1 :of or relating to a nerve center
2 :of, relating to, or having a centromere
3 of dental occlusion :involving spatial relationships such that all teeth of both jaws meet in a normal manner and forces exerted by the lower on the upper jaw are perfectly distributed in the dental arch

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