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centripetal

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

centripetal

[‚sen′trip·əd·əl]
(mechanics)
Acting or moving in a direction toward the axis of rotation or the center of a circle along which a body is moving.
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Though centripetally clustered around a topic or even written by a single author, these books' chapters retain a strong centrifugal idiosyncrasy.
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The tower is protected from the external gaze, which cannot operate centripetally by working from the periphery (the ring) toward the center (the tower).
But wa are thereby drawn centripetally toward the world of others, a world that existed before us and independently of our knowledge and consent.
As the egg develops, the separation cavity above the egg expands centripetally and the connection region is correspondingly reduced to a final diameter of about 2.
The follicles are small and, in males, a thick cortex of spermatogonias, spermatocytes I and spermatides arranged centripetally is observed, and spermatozoids are organized in radial rows with the flagella towards the follicular light (Fig.
the cell centripetally (Grub, 1896), to the formation of a "silica
Some ooid cortices are moderately to heavily centripetally bored.
Microblade cores based on pebbles and flakes tend to have centripetally worked striking platforms angled at roughly 90 [degrees] to the percussion axis.
Yet it is typically those societies on the fringes of the centripetally nationalistic West - those of the Caribbean, pre-Soviet Russia, Africa, Latin America - which offer up the truly centrifugal, multilingual novel.
The language Warren uses in Jack Burden's narration of his experience works centripetally to bring about Jack's mysterious spiritual transformation, while it works centrifugally to invite, if not implicate, the reader's participation as a character, or "narratee.