centripetal

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

Definition of centripetal

1 :proceeding or acting in a direction toward a center or axis
  • centripetal acceleration of a body
2 :afferent
  • centripetal nerves
3 :tending toward centralization :unifying
  • centripetal factors that hold the parts together

centripetally

play \-tə-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of centripetal

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


CENTRIPETAL Defined for English Language Learners

centripetal

adjective

Definition of centripetal for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

centripetal

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

medical Definition of centripetal

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

centripetally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb

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