One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Science. Having a single centre.
2Optics. Of a compound lens: having a common centre of curvature for all its components.
3Botany. Of the thallus of fungi of the order Chytridiales: having a single centre of growth and development.
4Cell Biology. Having a single centromere.
1Optics. A monocentric lens.
2Cell Biology. A monocentric chromosome.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Francis Bell (1855–1924). From mono- + -centric, after German † monocentrisch. Compare post-classical Latin monocentricus.
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