from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The circular movement of a limb such that the distal end of the limb delineates an arc.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A leading about.
  • noun In anatomy, the act of circumducting a limb. See circumduct, 2.
  • noun In old English law, an annulling; cancelation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare A leading about; circumlocution.
  • noun rare An annulling; cancellation.
  • noun (Physiol.) The rotation of a limb round an imaginary axis, so as to describe a conical surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The circular (or, more precisely, conical) movement of a body part, such as a ball-and-socket joint or the eye. It consists of a combination of flexion, extension, adduction, and abduction. "Windmilling" the arms or rotating the hand from the wrist are examples of circumductive movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a circular movement of a limb or eye


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin circumductiō, circumductiōn-, act of leading around, from circumductus, past participle of circumdūcere, to lead around : circum-, circum- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]


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