The circular movement of a limb such that the distal end of the limb delineates an arc.
Origin of circumductionLatin circumducti&omacron;, circumducti&omacron;n-, act of leading around, from circumductus, past participle of circumd&umacron;cere, to lead around : circum-, circum- + d&umacron;cere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.