directed toward the center (opposed to centrifugal).
operating by centripetal force.
acting, moving, or tending to move towards a centre Compare centrifugal
of, concerned with, or operated by centripetal force
(botany) (esp of certain inflorescences) developing from the outside towards the centre
(physiol) another word for afferent
1709, from Modern Latin, coined 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton (who wrote in Latin), from Latin centri- alternative comb. form of centrum “center” (see center (n.)) + petere “to make for, go to; seek, strive after” (see petition (n.)). Centripetal force is Newton’s vim … centripetam.
centripetal cen·trip·e·tal (sěn-trĭp’ĭ-tl)
Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
Moving or directed toward a center or axis, particularly one around which an object is spinning.
Transmitting nerve impulses toward the brain or spinal cord; afferent.
Developing or progressing inward toward a center or axis, as in the growth of plant structures. For example, in the disk of the inflorescence of a sunflower, the florets near the edge open first, and the ones in the center last. Compare centrifugal.
(especially in continental Europe) a member of a political party of the Center; moderate. of or relating to centrists or to their political views; middle-of-the-road. Contemporary Examples noun a person holding moderate political views n. 1935, from centre + -ism (also see centrist). n. 1872, from French centriste, from centre (see center (n.)). Originally in […]
(especially in continental Europe) a member of a political party of the Center; moderate. of or relating to centrists or to their political views; middle-of-the-road. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun a person holding moderate political views n. 1872, from French centriste, from centre (see center (n.)). Originally in English with reference to French politics; general […]
variant of centri-: centrosphere. a city in S California. Historical Examples combining form denoting a centre: centroclinal, centromere, centrosome, centrosphere, centrist centro- or centr- or centri- pref. Center: centrostaltic.
- Centroacinar cell
centroacinar cell cen·tro·ac·i·nar cell (sěn’trō-ās’ĭ-nər, -när’) n. A nonsecretory cell of a pancreatic ductule occupying the lumen of an acinus. Also called Langerhans cell.