[ sen-trik ]
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  1. pertaining to or situated at the center; central.

  2. Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to or originating at a nerve center.

Origin of centric

1580–90; <Greek kentrikós of, pertaining to a cardinal point, equivalent to kéntr(on) (see center) + -ikos-ic
  • Also cen·tri·cal .

Other words from centric

  • cen·tri·cal·ly, adverb
  • cen·tric·i·ty [sen-tris-i-tee], /sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/, noun
  • mul·ti·cen·tric, adjective
  • un·cen·tric, adjective
  • un·cen·tri·cal, adjective

Other definitions for -centric (2 of 2)


  1. 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

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How to use centric in a sentence

  • Serious reverses soon followed, and the fatally ex-centric position of the corps in Naples was then immediately apparent.

    The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
  • To my mind, Professor Perry rendered philosophic discussion a real service when he coined the phrase "ego-centric predicament."

  • But this deep-set theoretic notion had to give way, and the helio-centric theory may, in its turn, have to give way also.

    Six Lectures on Light | John Tyndall
  • Children of four are not nearly so completely ego-centric as those of three.

    Here and Now Story Book | Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • He was kind to the poor, walked much, talked to himself as he walked, and was known by the humble sort as "a'centric."

British Dictionary definitions for centric (1 of 2)



/ (ˈsɛntrɪk) /

  1. being central or having a centre

  2. relating to or originating at a nerve centre

  1. botany

    • Also: concentric (of vascular bundles) having one type of tissue completely surrounding the other

    • (of leaves, such as those of the onion) cylindrical

Derived forms of centric

  • centrically, adverb
  • centricity (sɛnˈtrɪsɪtɪ), noun

British Dictionary definitions for -centric (2 of 2)


suffix forming adjectives
  1. having a centre as specified: heliocentric

Origin of -centric

abstracted from eccentric, concentric, etc

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