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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The issue of transportation will continue to attract more attention, especially in car-centric Dallas-Fort Worth. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "Transportation options are increasing for seniors," 3 Mar. 2020 Rumors began swirling about a Picard-centric spin-off series shortly after Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzmann signed a five-year development deal with CBS to further expand the franchise for its streaming service. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s just one big ST:TNG reunion in latest trailer for Star Trek: Picard," 5 Oct. 2019 It was announced earlier on Tuesday that the long-running superhero drama’s producers are developing a female-centric Arrowverse series. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Arrow final season trailer reveals first look at Oliver's mission to save the multiverse," 24 Sep. 2019 Mills said the actress-centric series was ahead of its time in terms of female empowerment in Hollywood. Washington Post, "Star trio from ‘Knots Landing’ keep each other in stitches," 19 July 2019 It's been a busy week for the Clooney's as George is currently promoting his newest project, a military-centric mini-series called Catch-22 for Hulu. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Gives Old Hollywood Glamour Better Than A Movie Star," 10 May 2019 According to the Hollywood Reporter, production will kick off in March, just one year after the New York-centric series was picked up by Amazon for two seasons. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 7 Feb. 2018 In March, Instagram deleted student Rupi Kaur's menstruation-centric photo series twice before apologizing. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Why Is It That Normal Blood Is Fine, but Period Blood Is Offensive?," 3 Sep. 2015 There are still hundreds of burger-centric Big Boy restaurants in the U.S., most—except where grim zoning laws disallow it—featuring the outdoor statue. Bob Greene, WSJ, "Here’s to Your Health, Big Boy," 1 Mar. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Centric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centric. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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