cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

Definition of centric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -centric (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from centric


centrically \ ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce centrically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centric in a Sentence

Adjective combining form

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

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By 2014, Leung was a university student and editor of the University of Hong Kong’s student union magazine, which became a space for him and his peers to build a Hong Kong-centric identity. Alice Su, latimes.com, "In Hong Kong, one protester pulls off his mask and defines a movement," 6 July 2019 For Cox and Harder, both of whom unseated Republicans in 2018, dealing with the concerns of the farmers, ranchers and dairies in their ag-centric districts is key to their political futures. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Trump official joins Democrats to hear California farmers’ problems," 28 June 2019 Wall Street executives have long worried about data-centric tech business models disrupting traditional banking. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Financial regulation for tech companies like Facebook just got more urgent," 23 June 2019 At first blush, Gabby Gabby feels like a kind of remix of the other toy-centric villains in the series. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Surprises With Its Villain," 22 June 2019 At present, the focus is on an India-centric product, for which, Snapchat has launched four different Indian languages on its platform. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Why Snapchat doesn’t see Chinese apps like TikTok as real competition in India," 21 June 2019 Visitors to Lego House — even those who don’t purchase entry tickets to the experience zones — will find tasty Lego-centric food options. Jerry Soverinsky, BostonGlobe.com, "How Lego House came to be: brick by brick," 18 June 2019 The Pizza Press: Pizza’s ideal for family-style outings and Winter Garden’s Pizza Press is throwing fathers a beer-centric bonus: one free craft beer, in-store, with purchase of a pizza or salad. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Father’s Day feasts around Orlando: 4 Rivers, free beer and beyond," 14 June 2019 On this week’s episode of Primp, holistic braider, Tamara Albertini introduces us to four eccentric and tribal centric ways to wear the conventional hairdo. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Watch ‘Primp’: 4 Ways To Style Your Braids For Festival Season," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of centric


circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for centric


Greek kentrikos of the center, from kentron

Adjective combining form

Medieval Latin -centricus, from Latin centrum center

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The first known use of centric was circa 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of -centric

: having (something) at the center
: having (something) as a central interest, influence, subject, etc.


cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

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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