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cen·​tric ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio)
: located in or at a center : central
a centric point
: concentrated about or directed to a center
a centric activity
: of, relating to, or having a centromere
: of, relating to, or resembling an order (Centrales) of radially symmetrical diatoms
centrically adverb


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adjective combining form

: having (such) a center or (such or so many) centers
: having (something specified) as its center

Example Sentences

Adjective combining form The solar system is heliocentric, meaning that the sun is at its center.
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Word History



Greek kentrikos of the center, from kentron

Adjective combining form

Medieval Latin -centricus, from Latin centrum center

First Known Use


circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of centric was circa 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Centric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centric. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


cen·​tric ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio)
: of or relating to a nerve center
: of, relating to, or having a centromere
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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