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centripetal

  

      adj  
1    acting, moving, or tending to move towards a centre  
   Compare       centrifugal  
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)  
  centripetally      adv  


centripetal force  
      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  
   Compare       centrifugal force  
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