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[sen-truh m] /ˈsɛn trəm/
noun, plural centrums, centra
[sen-truh] /ˈsɛn trə/ (Show IPA)
a center.
Anatomy, Zoology. the body of a vertebra.
Mycology. collectively, all the structures enclosed within the ascocarp of a fungus.
Origin of centrum
From Latin, dating back to 1850-55; See origin at center Unabridged
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noun (pl) -trums, -tra (-trə)
the main part or body of a vertebra
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: centre
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centrum in Medicine

centrum cen·trum (sěn'trəm)
n. pl. cen·trums or cen·tra (-trə)

  1. A center of any kind, especially an anatomical center.

  2. The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.

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