|an innate mechanism of the body that regulates its rhythmic and periodic cycles|
|to stimulate to functional activity|
|centripetal (sɛnˈtrɪpɪtəl, ˈsɛntrɪˌpiːtəl)|
|1.||Compare centrifugal acting, moving, or tending to move towards a centre|
|2.||of, concerned with, or operated by centripetal force|
|3.||botany (esp of certain inflorescences) developing from the outside towards the centre|
|4.||physiol another word for afferent|
|[C17: from New Latin centripetus seeking the centre; see |
centripetal cen·trip·e·tal (sěn-trĭp'ĭ-tl)
Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
|centripetal (sěn-trĭp'ĭ-tl) Pronunciation Key