Definition of centrifugal in English:

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Pronunciation: /senˈtrif(y)əɡəl/


Moving or tending to move away from a center. The opposite of centripetal.
Example sentences
  • Einstein warmed to the idea that the gravitational field of the rest of the Universe might explain centrifugal and other inertial forces resulting from acceleration.
  • That produced a small centrifugal displacement of the beam indicative of its velocity distribution as imaged by faint deposits of silver.
  • In this schema, circulation was entirely centrifugal: blood moved only outward from the heart and liver to the various parts of the body, where it was consumed for nourishment.



Example sentences
  • This patient's condition is characterized by nonindurated, annular patches of centrifugally expanding erythema and desquamation at the inner margin.
  • Research suggests that erythema migrans most commonly presents as a centrifugally expanding, erythematous annular patch.
  • It begins as a small red papule at the site of the bite, expanding centrifugally over days to weeks.


Early 18th century: from modern Latin centrifugus, from Latin centrum (see center) + -fugus 'fleeing' (from fugere 'flee').

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Syllabification: cen·trif·u·gal

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