[ hee-lee-oh-sen-trik ]
/ ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trɪk /

adjective Astronomy.

measured or considered as being seen from the center of the sun.
having or representing the sun as a center: the heliocentric concept of the universe.

Origin of heliocentric

First recorded in 1660–70; helio- + -centric

OTHER WORDS FROM heliocentric

he·li·o·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverbhe·li·o·cen·tric·i·ty [hee-lee-oh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌhi li oʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/, he·li·o·cen·tri·cism [hee-lee-oh-sen-truh-siz-uh m] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trəˌsɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heliocentric

/ (ˌhiːlɪəʊˈsɛntrɪk) /


having the sun at its centre
measured from or in relation to the centre of the sun

Derived forms of heliocentric

heliocentrically, adverbheliocentricity or heliocentricism, noun
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Science definitions for heliocentric

[ hē′lē-ō-sĕntrĭk ]

Relating to or measured from the center of the Sun.
Relating to a model of the solar system or universe having the Sun as the center. Compare geocentric. See Note at Copernicus.
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