- 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).
Origin of -centric
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- having a centre as specifiedheliocentric
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
- Having a specified kind or number of centers:polycentric
- Having a specified object as the center:egocentric.
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