geocentricalmedical dictionary

<astronomy> Having reference to the earth as center; in relation to or seen from the earth, usually opposed to heliocentric, as seen from the sun; as, the geocentric longitude or latitude of a planet.

Having reference to the center of the earth. Geocentric latitude (of place) the angle included between the radius of the earth through the place and the plane of the equator, in distinction from geographic latitude. It is a little less than the geographic latitude.

Origin: Gr, the earth + center: cf. F. Geocentrique.

(01 Mar 1998)

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