|a.||1.||Tending, or causing, to approach the center.|
|2.||(Bot.) Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit.|
|3.||Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center; |
|Adj.||1.||centripetal - tending to move toward a center; "centripetal force"|
centrifugal - tending to move away from a center; "centrifugal force"
|2.||centripetal - tending to unify|
|3.||centripetal - of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system; "sensory neurons"|