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proʊˈneɪ ʃənprona·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pronationnoun

    rotation of the hands and forearms so that the palms face downward


  1. pronationnoun

    The position of the sword hand when the palm is facing down

  2. pronationnoun

    Walking on the inner edge of the foot.

  3. pronationnoun

    The action of rotating the forearm so that the palm of the hand is turned down or back.


  1. pronation

    Motion, the process of movement, is described using specific anatomical terms. Motion includes movement of organs, joints, limbs, and specific sections of the body. The terminology used describes this motion according to its direction relative to the anatomical position of the body parts involved. Anatomists and others use a unified set of terms to describe most of the movements, although other, more specialized terms are necessary for describing unique movements such as those of the hands, feet, and eyes. In general, motion is classified according to the anatomical plane it occurs in. Flexion and extension are examples of angular motions, in which two axes of a joint are brought closer together or moved further apart. Rotational motion may occur at other joints, for example the shoulder, and are described as internal or external. Other terms, such as elevation and depression, describe movement above or below the horizontal plane. Many anatomical terms derive from Latin terms with the same meaning.


  1. pronation

    Pronation is the natural inward roll of the foot during walking or running, where the foot lands on the outer edge and then rolls inward. In anatomy, pronation also refers to the rotational motion of the forearm that turns the palm downward or backward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pronationnoun

    the act of turning the palm or palmar surface of the forefoot downward

  2. Pronationnoun

    that motion of the forearm whereby the palm or palmar, surface is turned downward

  3. Pronationnoun

    the position of the limb resulting from the act of pronation. Opposed to supination

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. pronation.]


  1. Pronation

    In anatomy, pronation is a rotational movement of the forearm at the radioulnar joint, or of the foot at the subtalar and talocalcaneonavicular joints. For the forearm, when standing in the anatomical position, pronation will move the palm of the hand from an anterior-facing position to a posterior-facing position without an associated movement at the shoulder. This corresponds to a counterclockwise twist for the right forearm and a clockwise twist for the left. For the foot, pronation will cause the sole of the foot to face more laterally than when standing in the anatomical position. Pronation is the opposite of supination.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pronation

    prō-nā′shun, n. the act of turning the palm of the hand downwards—opp. to Supination.—v.t. Prō′nate, to turn the palm downwards effected by means of the pronator muscle.—n. Pronā′tor, a muscle of the forearm by which pronation is effected. [L. pronāre, -ātum, to lead forward—pronus.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pronation

    Applies to movements of the forearm in turning the palm backward or downward or when applied to the foot, a combination of eversion and abduction movements in the tarsal and metatarsal joints, (turning the foot up and in toward the midline of the body).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pronation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pronation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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