(also central files, centralized files), n. ~ 1. The files of several organizational units consolidated in one location. - 2. The files of several individuals consolidated into a common filing system.
In central records1, each unit's files are usually kept separate from those of other units. - For central records1, 2, the files are usually organized according to a filing plan, with each file typically having a file code indicating a classification under which it is filed.