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 \ ˈsen-​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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Sure, children and parents alike love the deep-dish pizza, but the Windy City offers everything from top-notch kid-centric theater productions to one of the world’s largest aquariums. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Shortly after Becca Cosmetics announced the launch of the Skin Love collection, excitement about the brand delving into skin care and skin-centric makeup turned to bewilderment and disapproval over one of the images in the campaign. Marci Robin, Allure, "Becca Responds to Accusations That It Darkened a Model's Hand for the Skin Love Campaign," 11 Aug. 2018 Some of the most divisive ads capitalized on the political movement Black Lives Matter and hot-button political issues including immigration, gun control, the religion of Islam and LGBT-centric topics. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Some of the most divisive ads capitalized on the political movement Black Lives Matter and hot button political issues including immigration, gun control, the religion of Islam, and LGBT-centric topics. NBC News, "Sean Hannity, Black Lives Matter among targets of Russian influence campaign, disclosures show," 10 May 2018 Alena, formerly vice president and chief customer officer at ReelDx, brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, services, operations and customer-centric leadership to her new role leading the company. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Business Movers: Oregon wine community recognizes Sen. Jackie Winters with a leadership award," 7 Mar. 2018 The design of this Sunset Blvd butcher shop and meat-centric restaurant (courtesy of Brooklyn's HOME STUDIOS) reflects the building's 1926 origins, with lush Deco-style furniture and glamorous chandeliers. Genevieve Mimeault, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Coastal California Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2016 Electronic parking permits turn smartphones into portable meters, while a City Lab program solicits tech-centric companies and provides an incubator-like setting for digital experiments. Thomas Kostigen, WSJ, "Denmark’s New Wave," 3 Dec. 2018 The BuzzFeed News project is one of several Kelly-centric projects currently in the works. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "R. Kelly Documentary From BuzzFeed In Development at Hulu," 24 May 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 \

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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