Definition of circulation
1 : orderly movement through a circuit; especially : the movement of blood through the vessels of the body induced by the pumping action of the heart
2 : flow
3a : passage or transmission from person to person or place to place; especially : the interchange of currency coins in circulationb : the extent of dissemination: such as (1) : the average number of copies of a publication sold over a given period (2) : the total number of items borrowed from a library
Examples of circulation in a Sentence
He has bad circulation in his legs.
The drug improves blood circulation.
The attic has poor air circulation.
the circulation of ocean waters
Let's open the windows to get some circulation in here.
This memo is not meant for circulation.
The coins have recently entered circulation.
Recent Examples of circulation from the Web
The surge fed an 11 percent increase in circulation revenue.
Doughnuts can hang around (as if!) for up to two days, placed on a baking rack to provide complete air circulation.
Another mechanism, first reported in 2013, showed increased circulation of naturally occurring endocannabinoid molecules in the sleep deprived.
As Ruth Graham reports for Slate, library fines can deter the people who need books most from checking them out—and removing fines can increase circulation.
The water compresses the body, and improves blood circulation.
For those afflicted, ingestion of certain foods makes the immune system overreact; reactions can range from mild, such as itchiness, to potentially fatal anaphylaxis, a condition that can include trouble breathing and poor blood circulation.
But U.S. public health authorities were quick to determine that the virus was spreading in Puerto Rico and Florida: in both places, only a few months separated the start of Zika’s circulation and the detection of that event.
Despite their importance in driving large-scale ocean circulations, eddies are not fully represented in climate models like those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Shuckburgh said.
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First Known Use of circulation
CIRCULATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circulation for English Language Learners
: the movement of blood through the body that is caused by the pumping action of the heart
: movement of air, water, etc., through the different parts of something
: the act of passing something (such as money, information, etc.) from person to person or place to place : the state of being passed from person to person or place to place
CIRCULATION Defined for Kids
Definition of circulation for Students
1 : movement through something A fan will improve the circulation of air in the room.
2 : passage from place to place or person to person coins in circulation
3 : the average number of copies (as of a newspaper) sold in a given period
Medical Definition of circulation
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