AskDefine | Define adductor

Dictionary Definition

adductor n : a muscle that draws a part toward the median line [syn: adductor muscle]

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English

Etymology

Latin, from adducere.

Noun

  1. A muscle which draws a limb or part of the body toward the middle line of the body, or closes extended parts of the body; -- opposed to abductor; as, the adductor of the eye, which turns the eye toward the nose.
    • Verrill:
      In the bivalve shells, the muscles which close the values of the shell are called adductor muscles.

Extensive Definition

adductor in French: Adducteur
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