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 -centric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centric in a Sentence

Adjective combining form The solar system is heliocentric, meaning that the sun is at its center.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since it’s on Switch, there are also Nintendo-centric Easter eggs, like a Cucco pet, Ganondorf’s armor and even a Triforce character portrait frame, all taken from The Legend of Zelda series. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "These are our favorite games for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite," 29 Mar. 2021 The debate has major implications for the study of prehistory, which tends to emphasize a Western-centric view of human development. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids," 24 Mar. 2021 This stands in stark contrast to current audio-centric social media apps du jour such as Clubhouse. Steven Aquino, Forbes, "Google Announces Live Caption for Chrome For Real-Time Captioning," 18 Mar. 2021 New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn leads a run-centric offensive staff that includes assistant coach and running backs coach Duce Staley. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions reportedly get ex-Packers RB Jamaal Williams on 2-year, $7.5 million deal," 17 Mar. 2021 The busy bar features an Italian-centric wine list, craft cocktails and a seasonal frozen specialty — the limoncello daquiri is popular. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, "Classic Italian dishes fill the menu at a Tavola in Metairie," 8 Feb. 2021 The result was a less post-centric Thunder team and one that spread the floor more. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves fall just short of completing monumental comeback at Oklahoma City," 6 Feb. 2021 On a related note, the global pandemic has exposed deficiencies in health systems everywhere and has highlighted the importance of advancing with more patient-centric solutions. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Pfizer or Moderna? A COVID vaccine distribution dilemma," 14 Jan. 2021 Calm co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith says his team has watched closely as sleep-centric playlists on streaming platforms surged in popularity in recent years and months. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "Want to Dream With Post Malone? ‘Sleep Remixes’ Are Now a Thing," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Centric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centric. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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