- moving or tending to move toward a center
- using or acted on by centripetal force
- Bot. developing inward toward the center, as certain flower clusters
- Physiol. conveying toward a center; afferent
Origin of centripetalModern Latin centripetus (coined by Newton ; from centri- + Classical Latin petere, to fall, rush at: see feather + -al
- Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
- Operated by means of centripetal force.
- Physiology Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
- 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.
- Tending or directed toward centralization: the centripetal effects of a homogeneous population.