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pericenter

[per-uh-sen-ter]
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noun Astronomy.
  1. the point at which a heavenly body orbiting around a primary other than the earth or sun is closest to the primary.
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Origin of pericenter

First recorded in 1900–05; peri- + center
Related formsper·i·cen·tral, per·i·cen·tric, adjective
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