Definition of circumflex in English:


Line breaks: cir¦cum|flex
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːkəmflɛks


(also circumflex accent) A mark (^) placed over a vowel in some languages to indicate contraction, length, or a particular quality.
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  • The evidence is that originally the German keyboard produced circumflexes instead of umlauts but it was replaced by an English keyboard.
  • The French have had a crack at reforming plurals and circumflexes.
  • Some speakers would give these words the circumflex, but it would be the rising circumflex, so that the sound would still terminate with the rising inflection.


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Bending round something else; curved: circumflex coronary arteries
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  • 4 left circumflex coronary arteries were affected.
  • The left circumflex coronary artery showed severe calcific atherosclerosis.
  • Although there is great individual variation, most people have three major coronary arteries: the right coronary artery, left anterior descending branch and left circumflex branch.


late 16th century: from Latin circumflexus (from circum 'around, about' + flectere 'to bend'), translating Greek perispōmenos 'drawn around'.

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