[sen-truh m]

noun, plural cen·trums, cen·tra [sen-truh] /ˈsɛn trə/.

Anatomy, Zoology. the body of a vertebra.
Mycology. collectively, all the structures enclosed within the ascocarp of a fungus.

Nearby words

  1. centronuclear myopathy,
  2. centrosome,
  3. centrosphere,
  4. centrostaltic,
  5. centrosymmetric,
  6. cents-off,
  7. centum,
  8. centuple,
  9. centuplicate,
  10. centurial

Origin of centrum

From Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at center

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British Dictionary definitions for centrum


noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)

the main part or body of a vertebra

Word Origin for centrum

C19: from Latin: centre

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Medicine definitions for centrum



n. pl. cen•trums

A center of any kind, especially an anatomical center.
The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.

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