- The definition of circulation is free movement or moving about in a specific course.
- An example of circulation is air freely flowing into a classroom from the hallway and windows.
- An example of circulation is blood moving through the body.
- free movement around from place to place, as of air in ventilating
- the act of moving around in a complete circuit; specif., the movement of blood out of and back to the heart through the arteries and veins
- the flow of sap in a plant
- the passing of something, as money or news, from person to person or place to place; dissemination
- the distribution of newspapers, magazines, etc. among readers
- the extent to which something is circulated, as the average number of copies of a magazine sold in a given period
Origin: Middle English circulacioun ; from Classical Latin circulatio: see circulate
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- Movement in a circle or circuit, especially the movement of blood through bodily vessels as a result of the heart's pumping action.
- a. Movement or passage through a system of vessels, as of water through pipes; flow.b. Free movement or passage.
- The passing of something, such as money or news, from place to place or person to person.
- a. The condition of being passed about and widely known; distribution.b. Dissemination of printed material, especially copies of newspapers or magazines, among readers.c. The number of copies of a publication sold or distributed.
circulation - Medical Definition
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