Definition of polycentric in English:

polycentric

adjective

  • 1Chiefly Science. Having several or many centres.

  • 2Mycology. Of the thallus of fungi of the order Chytridiales: having more than one centre of growth and development.

  • 3Cell Biology. Of a chromosome or chromatid: = multicentric.

  • 4Politics. Characterized by polycentrism.

noun

  • Cell Biology. A multicentric chromosome or chromatid.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Harry Marshall Ward (1854–1906). From poly- + -centric. Compare post-classical Latin policentricus, French polycentrique, Italian policentrico, all in sense ‘having several or many centres’.

Pronunciation

polycentric

/ˌpɒlɪˈsɛntrɪk/