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  1. not centered; having no center.
  2. Genetics. of or relating to a chromosome or chromatid that lacks a centromere.
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Origin of acentric

First recorded in 1850–55; a-6 + -centric
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Examples from the Web for acentric

Historical Examples

  • If the propulsive action does not pass through the centre of gravity the system again becomes "acentric."

    The Theory and Practice of Model Aeroplaning

    V. E. Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for acentric


  1. without a centre
  2. not on centre; eccentric
  3. genetics (of a chromosome or chromosome fragment) lacking a centromere
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  1. an acentric chromosome or fragment
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acentric in Medicine


  1. Having no center.
  2. Not located in the center.
  3. Of or relating to a chromosome fragment lacking a centromere.
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