Definition of centric in English:



  • 1In or at the centre; central.

    ‘centric and peripheral forces’
    • ‘I write, as a Jewish reader of your blog, extremely concerned about your lengthy discourse, on a historically and geographically centric event which you attended.’
    • ‘Facts such as the proportion of a book page, the printing in clear black ink on good white paper, the traditional harmony of centric design.’
    • ‘One very topical and centric is the show by sculptor Francisco Leiro at the National Gallery for Foreign Art, the second in the Spanish Art Abroad series to visit Sofia.’
    • ‘‘The 1991 elections created a sociological mistake by expressing a potential for a centric option because of an artificial division between left and right parties,’ added Dimitrova.’
    • ‘The galloping, tinny, insistence of the entering drumbeat complements the solid but unobtrusively centric anchoring provided by Robert Donne's bass - minimal yet of maximum importance.’
  • 2Botany
    (of a diatom) radially symmetrical.

    Compare with pennate
    • ‘Among the diatoms, there was a greater loss of pennate than centric diatoms.’
    • ‘The diatoms were the most diverse and abundant assemblage of algae throughout the year at both stations, with the centric diatoms more abundant than the pennate species.’
    • ‘The planktonic centric diatom Actinocyclus nonnanhi was the primary vector of tracer nitrogen to benthic and water-column organisms.’
    • ‘We did not identify Cyclotella meneghiniana Kuetzing in any of our samples despite lists which described C. meneghiniana as the dominant centric diatom present in the lake (Parson and Parker 1989a).’
    • ‘Rapidly evolving reproduction-related genes are also found in a variety of other taxa, including centric diatoms, gastropods, abalone, and humans.’


Late 16th century: from Greek kentrikos, from kentron ‘sharp point’ (see centre).