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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
See origin at centr-, -ic Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -centric


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.)).

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-centric in Medicine

-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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