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We demonstrate that in indoor radio propagation modeling, the presence of the human body may be approximated by a conducting circular cylinder at microwave frequencies. Therefore, a perfect tool such as the uniform theory of diffraction may be used to predict the diffracted field over a smooth circular surface. To validate the model, vertically and horizontally polarized continuous wave (CW) measurements were performed at 10.5 GHz between two fixed terminals inside a room along with the presence of an obstacle (person or metallic cylinder) moving along predetermined parallel and perpendicularly crossing paths with respect to the line-of-sight direction. Results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the effects of the human body and those of a conducting circular cylinder. The simulation results successfully agree with the CW experimental measurements.