Moving or tending to move toward a center. The opposite of centrifugal.
- But as soon as they are seen from any distance, they erupt into pulsing centripetal and centrifugal vortices.
- The pattern of differentiation could thus be visualized as a centripetal wave moving inward from a ring of already differentiated cells.
- This is how fast the Earth would need to rotate to get centripetal acceleration at the equator equal to 9.81 m/s.
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- In the mid-septal zone of Quenstedtiphyllia fritschi, calcification centers are separated, and the septa are built of serially arranged trabeculae that are oriented centripetally.
- The floral organ differentiation occurs centripetally and is initiated with the differentiation of the abaxial tepal primordium (sepals and petals can not be differentiated), followed by the other tepal primordia.
- Like rivers, which inevitably flow outward to the sea, power is constantly extended and refracted towards the far reaches of the island rather than cohering centripetally around the monarch.
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