cen·tric | \ˈsen-trik \

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 \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
centricity \sen-ˈtri-sə-tē \ 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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Simone signed us up for a 12 p.m. yoga class (her idea) followed by lunch at a brothy, spicy, veg-centric Japanese curry spot around the corner (also her idea). Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit, "Come Hang Out with Us at Healthyish Homecoming!," 31 May 2018 All three days promise Philly-centric fun at outdoor PiazzaMania. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from May 13 to 19," 9 May 2018 Brad Parscale, the digital marketing executive who developed the Trump campaign’s social media-centric strategy in 2016, has been tapped as his campaign manager for 2020. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 Many of Milwaukee's soccer-centric spots will be showing Sunday's finals. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A fan of France? Crazy about Croatia? Find the ideal viewing party for the World Cup finals," 12 July 2018 Those personnel upgrades, combined with Nagy’s innovative scheme and quarterback-centric approach, should at least equip Trubisky to ascend, even while the team fights through inevitable growing pains with so many new parts. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Mitch Trubisky's ability to command Matt Nagy's offense will define the Bears' season," 11 July 2018 In reality, Fortnite is not that different from past youth-centric cultural crazes, from Minecraft to Donkey Kong to Atari to pinball machines. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 On Ye and Scorpion, Ty provides respite from Drake and Kanye’s self-centric lyricism, but not all of Dolla’s collaborative efforts are so fraught. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 Saxophonist Kamasi Washington helped pioneer an L.A. scene that freely melds free jazz with hip-hop and Afro-centric spirituality. Los Angeles Times Staff, latimes.com, "Political music in the age of Trump — in Los Angeles and beyond," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of -centric

: having (something) at the center

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


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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