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centripetal


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Centripetal  \Cen*trip"e*tal\,  a.  [L.  centrum  center  +  petere  to 
  move  toward.] 
  1.  Tending,  or  causing,  to  approach  the  center. 
 
  2.  (Bot.) 
  a  Expanding  first  at  the  base  of  the  inflorescence,  and 
  proceeding  in  order  towards  the  summit. 
  b  Having  the  radicle  turned  toward  the  axis  of  the 
  fruit,  as  some  embryos. 
 
  3.  Progressing  by  changes  from  the  exterior  of  a  thing  toward 
  its  center;  as  the  centripetal  calcification  of  a  bone. 
  --R.  Owen. 
 
  {Centripetal  force}  (Mech.),  a  force  whose  direction  is 
  towards  a  center,  as  in  case  of  a  planet  revolving  round 
  the  sun,  the  center  of  the  system,  See  {Centrifugal 
  force},  under  {Centrifugal}. 
 
  {Centripetal  impression}  (Physiol.),  an  impression  (sensory) 
  transmitted  by  an  afferent  nerve  from  the  exterior  of  the 
  body  inwards,  to  the  central  organ. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  centripetal 
  adj  1:  tending  to  move  toward  a  center;  "centripetal  force"  [ant:  {centrifugal}] 
  2:  tending  to  unify  [syn:  {unifying(a)}] 
  3:  of  a  nerve  fiber  or  impulse  originating  outside  and  passing 
  toward  the  central  nervous  system;  "sensory  neurons"  [syn: 
  {receptive},  {sensory(a)}] 




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