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- directed or moving towards a centre
- of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force
- (of a nerve impulse) directed towards the central nervous system; afferent
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cen*trip"e*tal (?), a. [L.
centrum center + petere to move toward.]
1. Tending, or causing, to approach the
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
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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