a prefix with the meaning “round about, around,” found in Latin loanwords, especially derivatives of verbs that had the general senses “to encompass or surround” (circumference; circumjacent; circumstance) or “to go around” by the means or in the manner specified by the verb (circumnavigate; circumscribe); on this basis forming adjectives in English with the meaning “surrounding” that named by the stem (circumocular; circumpolar).
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British Dictionary definitions for circum-
around; surrounding; on all sidescircumlocution; circumrotate
Word Origin for circum-
from Latin circum around, from circus circle
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Medical definitions for circum-
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Scientific definitions for circum-
A prefix meaning around, as in circumscribe, to draw a figure around another figure.
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