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
centricity \ sen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce centricity (audio) \ noun

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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Enter potential dream job: The film's team currently needs extra crew members to help bring the latest Elvis-centric production to life. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kellie Pickler's New Hallmark Movie 'Wedding at Graceland' Is Hiring," 23 Mar. 2019 Philadelphia is working on its own version of a women-centric resource guide. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "NYC created a website to support women. Philadelphia could follow," 22 June 2018 This brunch seemed like a woman-centric version of a few rounds on the golf course — a space that emphasized the importance of networking, beyond film sets, parties and premieres as a means to lay the groundwork for future collaborations. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018 In the sweet, family-centric photo, Khloé, Kourtney, Kylie, and Kim are dressed in head-to-toe white and surrounded by their kids. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Card Is Here, and It's Too Cute For Words," 24 Dec. 2018 The burger-centric restaurant is meant to be a tribute to Caruso founder Rick Caruso’s late father, Hank. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "This world-famous chef is opening a coffee shop and soul food restaurant in West Adams," 19 June 2018 After a divisive start that had the world talking, some in favor of his youth-centric vision, others vehemently against it, the stakes are high for his Fall 2019 collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 While other pie-centric holidays might demand the classic pecan and pumpkin to make an appearance, Pi Day seems like the perfect excuse to try something a little out of the ordinary. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some fantastic pies to make for Pi Day - 3/14," 13 Mar. 2018 The pivot came three months after Musk notoriously lambasted a critic of the project’s original, car-centric plan. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk's Boring Company Is Pivoting to Focus on Moving Pedestrians," 10 Mar. 2018

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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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