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 (sĕn′trĭk) also cen·tri·cal (-trĭ-kəl)
1. Situated at or near the center; central.
2. Having a center.
3. Having radially symmetrical valves. Used of diatoms.

cen′tri·cal·ly adv.
cen·tric′i·ty (sĕn-trĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(ˈsɛntrɪk) or


1. being central or having a centre
2. (Physiology) relating to or originating at a nerve centre
3. (Botany) botany
a. Also: concentric (of vascular bundles) having one type of tissue completely surrounding the other
b. (of leaves, such as those of the onion) cylindrical
ˈcentrically adv
centricity n


(ˈsɛn trɪk)

also cen′tri•cal,

pertaining to or situated at the center; central.
[1580–90; < Greek kentrikós=kéntr(on) (see center) + -ikos -ic]
cen′tri•cal•ly, adv.
cen•tric′i•ty (-ˈtrɪs ɪ ti) n.


a combining form meaning “having centers” of the specified number or kind (dicentric); “centered upon, focused around” that named by the first element (ethnocentric).
[see centric]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.centric - having or situated at or near a center
central - in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"
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Data was collected from lateral cephalometric radiograph taken with the patient's Frankfurt horizontal plane parallel to floor, mandible in centric occlusion and lips at rest.
Denture was seated in the oral cavity and patient was instructed to close in centric occlusion.
The measurement (in millimeters) was performed with the teeth in centric occlusion and the probe positioned parallel to the occlusal plane.
The primary molar relation, canine relation, overjet, and overbite were assessed using Foster and Hamilton criteria with the teeth in centric occlusion [9].
A more reliable method is to measure the distance between upper and lower labial freni with dividers when the teeth are in centric occlusion.
It may be determined in several ways: at rest, when the mandible is relaxed in its natural position and the muscles show minimum activity; in centric occlusion, when the occlusal surfaces are in contact; in maximum opening, or in eccentric occlusion.
Only the lingual cusps of the maxillary posterior teeth are in contact with the central fossa during centric occlusion.
All radiographs were taken on the same cephalostat with the patient in a standing position, with the Frankfurt plane parallel to the horizontal, the teeth in centric occlusion and lips relaxed.
Pour acrylic resin into the crown, seat it and have the patient bite into the centric occlusion.