adduct

1 of 2

verb

ad·​duct ə-ˈdəkt How to pronounce adduct (audio)
a-
adducted; adducting; adducts

transitive verb

: to draw (something, such as a limb) toward or past the median axis of the body
also : to bring together (similar parts)
adduct the fingers

adduct

2 of 2

noun

ad·​duct ˈa-ˌdəkt How to pronounce adduct (audio)
: a chemical addition product
adducts form as carcinogenic metabolites bind to DNA

Examples of adduct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The groin a pretty complex area, consisting of three fairly large muscle groups—the abdominals, iliopsoas, and adductors: Your adductors work together to adduct (or move toward the midline of the body) the thigh while keeping your lower extremities and pelvis stabilized. Women's Health, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

borrowed from Medieval Latin adductus, past participle of addūcere "to draw (a limb) toward the body," going back to Latin, "to lead or bring (to a place)" — more at adduce

Noun

borrowed from German Addukt, short for Additionprodukt, from Addition addition + Produkt product

First Known Use

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adduct was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Adduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adduct. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

adduct

verb
ad·​duct
ə-ˈdəkt
: to draw (a part of the body) toward or past a middle plane or line that divides the body or a bodily part into right and left halves

Medical Definition

adduct

1 of 2 transitive verb
ad·​duct ə-ˈdəkt, a- How to pronounce adduct (audio)
: to draw (as a limb) toward or past the median axis of the body
also : to bring together (similar parts)
adduct the fingers
adductive adjective

adduct

2 of 2 noun
ad·​duct ˈad-ˌəkt How to pronounce adduct (audio)
: a chemical addition product

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