centripetal

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin coined by Sir Isaac Newton, from Latin centrum (center) + petō, petere (seek, aim) +‎ -al.

Adjective[edit]

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centripetal (not comparable)

  1. Directed or moving towards a centre.
  2. Of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force.
  3. (neuroanatomy, of a nerve impulse) Directed towards the central nervous system; afferent.

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  • IPA(key): /sɛnˈtɹɪpətəl/, /ˌsɛntɹəˈpiːtəl/

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