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polycentric

[pol-ee-sen-trik] /ˌpɒl iˈsɛn trɪk/
adjective
1.
having many centers, especially of power or importance:
the polycentric world of banking.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; poly- + -centric
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  • We have designed a new polycentric knee adopting a hydraulic unit and an intelligent mechanism.
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  • These delineation methods have been used specifically in a context of polycentric spatial patterns at the metropolitan level.
  • polycentric hinges and condyle pads provide medial and lateral stability.
Word Origin and History for polycentric
adj.

1826, from poly- + centric.

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