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[sur-kuh] /ˈsɜr kə/
preposition, adverb
about: (used especially in) approximate dates:
The Venerable Bede was born circa 673.
Abbreviation: ca, ca., c., c, cir., circ.
Origin of circa
1860-65; < Latin: around, about, akin to circus circus Unabridged
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(used with a date) at the approximate time of: circa 1182 bc. Abbreviation c., ca.
Word Origin
Latin: about; related to Latin circus circle, circus
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Word Origin and History for circa

1856, from Latin circa "around, round about, near; in the region of; about the time of," alternative form of circum "round about" (see circum-).

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circa in Medicine

circa (sûr'kə)
Abbr. ca
In approximately; about.

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