(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.
a person holding moderate political views
1872, from French centriste, from centre (see center (n.)). Originally in English with reference to French politics; general application to other political situations is from 1890.
Where M. St. Hilaire is seen to most advantage, however, is when quietly nursing one of that weak-kneed congregation who sit in the middle of the House, and call themselves “Centrists.” A French Centrist is–exceptis eoccipiendis–a man who has never been able to make up his mind, nor is likely to. [“Men of the Third Republic,” London, 1873]
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.
pertaining to the center of gravity. Historical Examples adjective of or concerned with a centre of gravity
adjective (geology) of, relating to, or designating a rock formation in which the strata slope down and in towards a central point or area