centripetal

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adjective cen·trip·e·tal \sen-ˈtri-pə-təl\

Definition of centripetal

  1. 1 :  proceeding or acting in a direction toward a center or axis

  2. 2 :  afferent

  3. 3 :  tending toward centralization :  unifying

centripetally

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Origin and Etymology of centripetal

New Latin centripetus, from centr- + Latin petere to go to, seek — more at feather


First Known Use: 1709


CENTRIPETAL Defined for English Language Learners

centripetal

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adjective cen·trip·e·tal \sen-ˈtri-pə-təl\

Definition of centripetal for English Language Learners

  • : moving toward a center : acting in a direction toward a center


Medical Dictionary

centripetal

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adjective cen·trip·e·tal \sen-ˈtrip-ət-əl\

Medical Definition of centripetal

  1. :  passing inward (as from a sense organ to the brain or spinal cord) :  afferent

centripetally

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