poly·​cen·​tric | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈsen-trik \

Definition of polycentric

: having more than one center (as of development or control): such as
a : having several centromeres polycentric chromosomes
b : characterized by polycentrism

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The city should also be what Uber describes as polycentric, basically pockets of dense areas of development spread around a larger metro area. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Uber Wants to Launch Its Flying Cars in an International City. Here's What It's Looking For.," 10 May 2018

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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poly·​cen·​tric | \ ˌpäl-i-ˈsen-trik \

Medical Definition of polycentric

: having several centromeres polycentric chromosomes — compare monocentric

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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