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concentric

[kuh n-sen-trik]
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adjective
  1. having a common center, as circles or spheres.
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Also con·cen·tri·cal.

Origin of concentric

1350–1400; Middle English consentrik < Medieval Latin concentricus. See con-, center, -ic
Related formscon·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverbcon·cen·tric·i·ty [kon-suh n-tris-i-tee, -sen-] /ˌkɒn sənˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -sɛn-/, nounnon·con·cen·tric, adjectivenon·con·cen·tri·cal, adjectivenon·con·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverbnon·con·cen·tric·i·ty, nounun·con·cen·tric, adjectiveun·con·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for concentric

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Historical Examples

  • If there is any truth in the concentric ring theory, this is easily proved.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • One of the casts showed a round stone with concentric circles.

  • The place was built in concentric circles, level above level.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • They are made in sets of arcs of concentric circles (see fig. 80, A).

  • More than 25,000 men and thieves gathered in concentric circles about the stand.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow


British Dictionary definitions for concentric

concentric

adjective
  1. having a common centreconcentric circles Compare eccentric (def. 3)
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Derived Formsconcentrically, adverbconcentricity (ˌkɒnsənˈtrɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin concentricus, from Latin com- same + centrum centre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for concentric

adj.

c.1400, from Middle French concentrique, from Medieval Latin concentricus, from com- "together" (see com-) + centrum "circle, center" (see center (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

concentric in Medicine

concentric

(kən-sĕntrĭk)
adj.
  1. Having a common center or center point, as of circles.
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