circulation

noun

cir·​cu·​la·​tion ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio)
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
3
a
: passage or transmission from person to person or place to place
especially : the interchange of currency
coins in circulation
b
: 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The new medication works by binding to the antibodies, taking them out of circulation, said Chinthrajah. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 The drill time is longer than anticipated due to drilling fluid losses preventing fluid circulation and the recovery of gas and drill cuttings to the surface. Charlotte Observer, 23 Feb. 2024 Head spas claim that scalp treatments promote circulation and detoxify, calm and hydrate skin, all of which help prevent dandruff, itchiness, dryness, inflammation and hair loss. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 For self-inflating pads, leave the pad semi-inflated with the valve open to allow circulation. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Here, residents and members will have the opportunity to socialize while also boosting circulation, reducing inflammation, and promoting relaxation. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 Jewish students encounter online harassment, hate speech, threats, and the circulation of harmful stereotypes. Sarah Hernholm, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Zack Guido, a climate scientist and director of an international research program at the University of Arizona, says this circulation is simply the way weather systems move around the atmosphere. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2024 Yes, Brooks created something so risky — people just didn't make fun of Hitler like that — that the studio nearly pulled it from circulation. Debby Wolfinsohn, EW.com, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of circulation was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Circulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circulation. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

circulation

noun
cir·​cu·​la·​tion ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio)
1
: orderly movement through a circuit
especially : the movement of blood through the vessels of the body caused by the pumping action of the heart
2
a
: passage from person to person or place to place
coins in circulation
b
: the average number of copies (as of a newspaper) sold over a given period

Medical Definition

circulation

noun
cir·​cu·​la·​tion ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio)
: the movement of blood through the vessels of the body that is induced by the pumping action of the heart and serves to distribute nutrients and oxygen to and remove waste products from all parts of the body see pulmonary circulation, systemic circulation
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