1 acting, moving, or tending to move towards a centre
2 of, concerned with, or operated by centripetal force
3 (Botany) (esp. of certain inflorescences) developing from the outside towards the centre
4 (Physiol) another word for →
afferent (C17: from New Latin centripetus seeking the centre; see centri-, -petal)
n a force that acts inwards on any body that rotates or moves along a curved path and is directed towards the centre of curvature of the path or the axis of rotation
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