- rotation of the hand or forearm so that the surface of the palm is facing downward or toward the back (opposed to supination).
- a comparable motion of the foot consisting of abduction followed by eversion.
- the position assumed as the result of this rotation.
- any similar motion of the limbs or feet of animals.
Origin of pronation
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Examples from the Web for pronation
In short, quadrupeds have their anterior members in the position of pronation.
In this indication the hand is absolutely reversed, that is, it is in pronation.Delsarte System of Oratory
Pronation of the forearm is feeble, and is completed by the weight of the hand.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Thus, the bear (plantigrade) has five digits, and the power of performing the movements of supination and pronation.
The arms of these animals are permanently fixed in the position of pronation.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Word Origin and History for pronation
1660s, from French pronation, from Medieval Latin pronationem (nominative pronatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin pronare (see pronate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of pronating.
- The condition of being pronated, especially the condition of having flat feet.
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