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centripetal

 [sen-trip´ĕ-t'l]
1. moving towards a center.
2. afferent (def. 1).

cen·trip·e·tal

(sen-trip'ĕ-tăl),
1. Synonym(s): afferent
2. Denoting the direction of the force pulling an object toward an axis of rotation. Synonym(s): axipetal
[L. centrum, center, + peto, to seek]

centripetal

/cen·trip·e·tal/ (sen-trip´ĕ-t'l)
1. afferent (1).

centripetal

(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.

centripetal

[sentrip′ətəl]
Etymology: Gk, kentron + L, petere, to seek
1 denoting an afferent direction, such as that of a sensory nerve impulse traveling toward the brain.
2 denoting the direction of a force pulling an object toward an axis of rotation or constraining an object to a specific curved path.

cen·trip·e·tal

(sen-tripĕ-tăl)
1. Synonym(s): afferent.
2. Denoting the direction of the force pulling an object toward an axis of rotation.
Synonym(s): axipetal.
[L. centrum, center, + peto, to seek]

centripetal

moving inwards towards a centre of rotation.

centripetal

literally, 'centre-seeking' . centripetal acceleration a real acceleration towards the centre of a circle (or curve) due to change in the directional component of velocity. centripetal force a real force towards the centre of a circle (or curve) equal to centripetal acceleration multiplied by mass.

centripetal

direction of force pulling an object towards its axis of rotation

af·fer·ent

(af'ĕr-ĕnt)
Inflowing; conducting toward a center. Opposite of efferent.
Synonym(s): centripetal (1) .
[L. afferens, fr. af-fero, to bring to]

centripetal

moving toward a center.
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