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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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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