Definition of Centripetal

1. Adjective. Tending to move toward a center. "Centripetal force"

2. Adjective. Tending to unify.
Exact synonyms: Unifying
Similar to: Centralising, Centralizing

3. Adjective. Of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system. "Sensory neurons"
Exact synonyms: Receptive, Sensory
Similar to: Afferent
Derivative terms: Receive

Definition of Centripetal

1. a. Tending, or causing, to approach the center.

Definition of Centripetal

1. Adjective. directed or moving towards a centre ¹

2. Adjective. of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force ¹

3. Adjective. (context: neuroanatomy of a nerve impulse) directed towards the central nervous system; afferent ¹

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Definition of Centripetal

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Centripetal

1. Synonym: afferent. 2. Denoting the direction of the force pulling an object toward an axis of rotation. Synonym: axipetal. Origin: L. Centrum, centre, + peto, to seek (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Centripetal

centrilobular emphysema
centriolar region
centripetal (current term)
centripetal acceleration
centripetal current
centripetal force
centripetal nerve
centroacinar cell

Literary usage of Centripetal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A College Text-book of Physics by Arthur Lalanne Kimball (1917)
"centripetal and Centrifugal Force.—The force by which a mass is constrained to move in a curved path is, as has just been shown, always directed toward the ..."

2. Elementary Mechanics Including Hydrostatics and Pneumatics by Oliver Lodge (1897)
"of the circle; and this force is called therefore the centripetal force. It is constant in magnitude, but continually changing in direction, being always at ..."

3. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"centripetal AND CENTRIFUGAL FORCES to avoid challenging at the same time the ... Whether in the long run it is the centripetal or the centrifugal force that ..."

4. A Treatise on the Steam Engine in Its Application to Mines, Mills, Steam by Artizan club (London, England) (1853)
"If the times of revolution are equal, the velocities and centripetal forces are ... If the centripetal forces are equal, the squares of the times of ..."

5. The Nervous System and Its Constituent Neurones: Designed for the Use of by Lewellys Franklin Barker (1899)
"We have seen that it consists of peripheral centripetal neurones (centripetal neurones of the first order of the spinal and cerebral nerves) and central ..."

6. Dynamics of Rotation: An Elementary Introduction to Rigid Dynamics by Arthur Mason Worthington (1902)
"Hence, if the particle have a mass m, the centripetal or centre-seeking force required to keep it moving with uniform speed in a circle of radius r is a ..."

7. Elements of Mechanics: For the Use of Colleges, Academies, and High Schools by William Guy Peck (1866)
"centripetal and Centrifugal Forces. 134. Curvilinear motion can only result from the action of an incessant force> whose direction differs from that of the ..."

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