pronation

noun

pro·​na·​tion prō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce pronation (audio)
1
: rotation of the hand and forearm so that the palm faces backwards or downwards
2
: rotation of the medial bones in the midtarsal region of the foot inward and downward so that in walking the foot tends to come down on its inner margin
pronate verb

Examples of pronation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bonus: this walkable style has a flexible footbed that helps correct pronation and keeps heel pain at bay. Jennifer Chan, Travel + Leisure, 1 July 2024 Many of Vionic’s shoes are podiatrist-approved and designed to aid discomfort from plantar fasciitis, pronation, flat feet, and more. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 But amid the upheaval of the barefoot revolution, one of the first casualties was the pronation paradigm: despite two decades of increasingly clunky pronation-controlling shoes, runners kept getting injured. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 5 Jan. 2021 This design isn’t meant to restrict movement, but rather adjust to your body to provide support through pronation changes over the course of a run. Kristine Thomason, SELF, 22 Jan. 2024 What to Consider Depending on pronation, these sandals can get worn down quickly. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 Plus, the wider footbed is well-suited for travelers dealing with pronation issues, resulting in a stable and reliable fit. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2023 This is a running shoe with a lot of correction to counter pronation and keep your heels in line. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 11 July 2023 Though, the real pull of Vionic shoes has to be the Vio-Motion Technology, which corrects pronation and promotes full-body alignment, and heels are no exception. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 24 June 2023

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Word History

Etymology

pronate, from Late Latin pronatus, past participle of pronare to bend forward, from Latin pronus

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pronation was in 1657

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“Pronation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pronation. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

pronation

noun
pro·​na·​tion prō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce pronation (audio)
: rotation of an anatomical part towards the midline: as
a
: rotation of the hand and forearm so that the palm faces backwards or downwards
b
: rotation of the medial bones in the midtarsal region of the foot inward and downward so that in walking the foot tends to come down on its inner margin

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