Definition of abduct
1 : to seize and take away (a person) by force The girl was abducted by kidnappers.
2 : to draw or spread away (a part of the body, such as a limb or the fingers) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body or from the axis of a limb a muscle that abducts the arm
abductorplay \-ˈdək-tər\ noun
Origin and Etymology of abduct
Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, literally, to lead away, from ab- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 1765
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Medical Definition of abduct
: to draw away (as a limb) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body the peroneus longus extends, abducts, and everts the foot—C. R. Bardeen; also : to move (similar parts) apart abduct adjoining fingers
abduction\ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\play noun
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