[ sen-trik ]
/ ˈsɛn trɪk /


pertaining to or situated at the center; central.
Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to or originating at a nerve center.
Also cen·tri·cal.

Origin of centric

1580–90; < Greek kentrikós of, pertaining to a cardinal point, equivalent to kéntr(on) (see center) + -ikos -ic


Definition for centric (2 of 2)


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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British Dictionary definitions for centric (1 of 2)



/ (ˈsɛntrɪk) /


being central or having a centre
relating to or originating at a nerve centre
  1. Also: concentric (of vascular bundles) having one type of tissue completely surrounding the other
  2. (of leaves, such as those of the onion) cylindrical

Derived forms of centric

centrically, adverbcentricity (sɛnˈtrɪsɪtɪ), noun

British Dictionary definitions for centric (2 of 2)


suffix forming adjectives

having a centre as specifiedheliocentric

Word Origin for -centric

abstracted from eccentric, concentric, etc
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Medicine definitions for centric (1 of 2)

[ sĕntrĭk ]


Situated at or near the center; central.

Medicine definitions for centric (2 of 2)



Having a specified kind or number of centers:polycentric
Having a specified object as the center:egocentric.
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