centro-, centr-, centri-, kentro-

(Greek > Latin: center; middle point, mid point; focus, focal point, focalize; zero in on)

This element originally meant "sharp point, goad" or "spur".

acentric (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to something that is not in the middle of a space or area; not located in a middle position; without a center: Verna's drawing appeared to have an acentric quality about it because there was nothing specifically in the center of her artistic composition.
acentric, eccentric
acentric (ay SEN trik) (adjective)
Not near the center, not central: The sculptor used an acentric wheel to grind off the rough places on the edges of his metal sculpture.
eccentric (ik SEN trik, ek SEN trik) (adjective)
1. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern: The bookstore owner was a kind but eccentric woman.
2. Strange or unusual: Jared, the scientist, had eccentric behaviors and ideas that were weird as indicated by his eccentric clothes.
3. Not following a perfectly circular path: The asteroid was moving in an eccentric orbit around the star.

The pictures which the eccentric artist painted appeared to have an acentric balance that puzzled the patrons of the gallery.

acrocentric (adjective), more acrocentric, most acrocentric
A type of chromosome having the centromere near one end of the replicating chromosome, so that one arm is much longer than the other.
allocentric (adjective), more allocentric, most allocentric
1. Characterized by or indicating interest that is centered in other people rather than in one's own interests.
2. Having one's thoughts about people or objects outside, or beyond, one's self.
ambulatory surgery center (s) (noun), ambulatory surgery centers (pl)
Medical facilities that are designed and equipped to handle surgery, pain management, and specific diagnostic procedures which do not require overnight hospitalization: Patients who are in relatively good health may choose to receive treatments at ambulatory surgery centers instead of having to stay overnight in a room and they will be treated by health professionals just as they would in a conventional surgery department.
amphicentric (adjective)
1. Converging at both ends; a reference to a plexus of blood vessels having one afferent and one efferent trunk.
2. Coming together at both ends, said of a rete mirabile (vascular network interrupting the continuity of an artery or vein) that starts when a blood vessel breaks up into a number of branches and ends by the branches joining again to form the same vessel.
androcentric (adjective)
1. Dominated by or emphasizing masculine interests or points of view; as an androcentric society.
2. Having a man, or the male, as the center of importance.
Until Eve arrived, this was a man’s world.
—Anonymous
The four stages of man are:
infancy,
childhood,
adolescence,
and finally
obsolescence.
—Art Linkletter
androcentricity (s) androcentricities (pl) (nouns)
A society or organization that is centered or focused on men, often to the neglect or exclusion of women: "There are nations that have androcentricities that include health-care systems that take care of men as a priority and too often result in the neglect of women."
angiocentric (adjective)
Arising in the circulatory system.
anthropocentrality (s) (noun), anthropocentralities (pl)
A philosophy or worldview that puts human beings at the center of the universe or views them as the reason for creation: The professsor said that anthropocentrality is not a valid position because he doesn't consider people to be the only important things to consider on the Earth.
anthropocentric (adjective), more anthropocentric, most anthropocentric
1. Referring to humankind as the most important factor in all the existing matter and space: The anthropocentric conception is that people are the most significant entities or elements of the universe.
2. Descriptive of, or interpreting, natural events or conditions in terms of human values: Anthropocentric points of view involves seeing things by values and experiences; such as, the conditions of the environment are either good or bad.
anthropocentrically (adverb), more anthropocentrically, most anthropocentrically
1. Descriptive of considering people to be more important than anything else in the world: Most theological doctrines anthropocentrically consider mankind as the primary reason that God created the world and all of its other natural elements.
2. A reference to interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experiences: Conservationists usually point out that if people want to have an anthropocentrically harmonious environment, then they must acknowledge their personal responsibilities for what the future world will be like by what they are doing in the present.
anthropocentrism, anthropocentricism (s) (noun), anthropocentrisms, anthropocentricisms (pl)
1. An inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values: An anthropocentric view or doctrine centering on mankind and regarding humans as the central fact of the universe, to which all surrounding facts have reference; that is, relating to the belief that humans are the center of the universe.
2. A concept of the living world that rejects, as impossible or illusory, human attainment of a more universal point of view.
anthropocentrist (s), anthropocentrists (pl) (nouns)
Those who regard humans as the central and most significant entities in the universe, or the assessment of reality through an exclusively human perspective.
apocentric (adjective), more apocentric, most apocentric
A reference to the point on any orbit farthest from the center of attraction.