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[sen-trik] /ˈsɛn trɪk/
pertaining to or situated at the center; central.
Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to or originating at a nerve center.
Also, centrical.
Origin of centric
1580-90; < Greek kentrikós of, pertaining to a cardinal point, equivalent to kéntr(on) (see center) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
centrically, adverb
[sen-tris-i-tee] /sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
multicentric, adjective
uncentric, adjective
uncentrical, adjective


a combining form with the meanings “having a center or centers” of the specified number or kind (polycentric); “centered upon, focused around” that named by the first element (ethnocentric; heliocentric).
see centr-, -ic Unabridged
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  • And to go with all the vegetable-centric dishes we've been dreaming up, we've gotta have good bread and butter.
  • He was an ego-centric creature, with a romantic nostalgia for the supersensuous.
  • Flat is good, so long as you prefer scenery and long, crab-centric meals to endurance-testing workouts.
  • But the friendly town is perfectly in sync with the region's outdoor-centric values.
  • But scientists say whales and other marine mammals are even more sensitive to sounds, in part because they are hearing-centric.
  • Adjusting to the modern, gaffe-centric media environment has been wrenching.
  • Nowadays, even the plot-driven story tends to have a key character-centric element: backstory.
  • We're serious about involving all stakeholders and about being student-centric.
  • Expertise in cloud computing, net-centric computing, or information technology preferred.
  • E-books enable learning in more learner-centric styles.
British Dictionary definitions for centric


being central or having a centre
relating to or originating at a nerve centre
  1. Also concentric. (of vascular bundles) having one type of tissue completely surrounding the other
  2. (of leaves, such as those of the onion) cylindrical
Derived Forms
centrically, adverb
centricity (sɛnˈtrɪsɪtɪ) noun


having a centre as specified: heliocentric
Word Origin
abstracted from eccentric, concentric, etc
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Word Origin and History for centric


word-forming element meaning "having a center (of a certain kind); centered on," from Greek kentrikos "pertaining to a center," from kentron (see center (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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centric in Medicine

centric cen·tric (sěn'trĭk) or cen·tri·cal (-trĭ-kəl)
Situated at or near the center; central.

-centric suff.

  1. Having a specified kind or number of centers: polycentric

  2. Having a specified object as the center: egocentric.

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