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cen·trip·e·tal

 (sĕn-trĭp′ĭ-tl)
adj.
1. Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
2. Operated by means of centripetal force.
3. Physiology Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
4. Botany Developing or progressing inward toward the center or axis, as in the head of a sunflower, in which the oldest flowers are near the edge and the youngest flowers are in the center.
5. Tending or directed toward centralization: the centripetal effects of a homogeneous population.

cen·trip′e·tal·ly adv.
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centripetal

(sɛnˈtrɪpɪtəl; ˈsɛntrɪˌpiːtəl)
adj
1. (General Physics) acting, moving, or tending to move towards a centre. Compare centrifugal
2. (General Physics) of, concerned with, or operated by centripetal force
3. (Botany) botany (esp of certain inflorescences) developing from the outside towards the centre
4. (Physiology) physiol another word for afferent
[C17: from New Latin centripetus seeking the centre; see centri-, -petal]
cenˈtripetally adv
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cen•trip•e•tal

(sɛnˈtrɪp ɪ tl)

adj.
1. directed toward the center.
2. pertaining to or operated by centripetal force.
3. Physiol. afferent.
[1700–10; < New Latin centripet(us) center-seeking]
cen•trip′e•tal•ly, adv.
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centrifugal, centripetal - Centrifugal force pulls away or pushes outward; centripetal draws toward or pulls inward.
See also related terms for pushing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.centripetal - tending to move toward a center; "centripetal force"
centrifugal - tending to move away from a center; "centrifugal force"
2.centripetal - tending to unify
centralising, centralizing - tending to draw to a central point
3.centripetal - of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system; "sensory neurons"
afferent - of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS; "afferent nerves"; "afferent impulses"
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Translations

centripetal

[senˈtrɪpɪtl] ADJcentrípeto
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centripetal

adjzentripetal; centripetal forceZentripetalkraft f
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centripetal

[sɛnˈtrɪpɪtl] adj (Phys) → centripeto/a
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cen·trip·e·tal

a. centrípeto-a, con movimiento de atracción hacia el centro.
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Clinical characteristics include a chorioretinal atrophy that begins in early childhood affecting the retina, progressing centripetally until it encroaches the macula.
Therefore, we adopt the direct phacochop technique to deal with the nucleus, which means that the nucleus is held firmly by the phaco tip, meanwhile the chopper tip hooks the equator of the nucleus and moves centripetally inward from the periphery to segment the nucleus.16 In this way, chopping applies much less force against the zonules and capsule because the phaco tip secures the nucleus, and the manual instrument forces are directed centripetally against each other.
But the veto so strategically and centripetally guarded by the P5 may not be granted to 'new members'.
Tetanospasmin then enters the nervous system peripherally at the myoneural junction and is transported centripetally into neurons of the central nervous system (CNS).
Centrally, a bull's eye lesion of alternating rings centripetally of hypoautofluorescence and hyperautofluorescence surrounding normal foveal hypoautofluorescence was observed in all patients, although the bull's eye lesion was least distinct in case 2.
The rash, which has a discrete macular/papular soft-pink appearance, starts on the trunk and spreads centripetally to the extremities, neck, and face (figure 2).
Hyperkeratotic plaques with associated erythema and scale present in a symmetric acral distribution and spread centripetally, accompanied by nail changes, including onycholysis and ungual dystrophy [3-5].
In particular, Arg1+ M2 microglia extended centripetally into the infarct core, diminishing the hypocellular part to a minimum (Figure 2(c)).
Cutaneous lesions generally occur symmetrically on the extensor surfaces of the acral extremities and spread centripetally. Lesions are polymorphous and may be macular, papular, or bullous, with or without mucosal involvement.
For creating matter, he describes two aspects: (1) "positive electric condition compresses large volumes of light waves into small volumes by winding them centripetally into spiral vortices by forcing them inward" and (2) "negative electric condition expands small volumes of light waves into large volumes by unwinding them centrifugally into voiding equators where matter disappears.
The itinerary may be taken in reverse, that is, centripetally.