Definitions for centripetalsɛnˈtrɪp ɪ tl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cen•trip•e•talsɛnˈtrɪp ɪ tl(adj.)
directed toward the center.
pertaining to or operated by centripetal force.
Origin of centripetal:
1700–10; < NL centripet(us) center-seeking
tending to move toward a center
tending to unify
centripetal, receptive, sensory(a)(adj)
of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
directed or moving towards a centre
of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force
directed towards the central nervous system; afferent
Origin: From coined by Sir Isaac Newton, from Latin centri- (centrum) "center" + petere "to fall, rush out"
tending, or causing, to approach the center
expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit
having the radicle turned toward the axis of the fruit, as some embryos
progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center; as, the centripetal calcification of a bone
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