ad·​duc·​tion ə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce adduction (audio)
: the action of adducting : the state of being adducted
: the act or action of adducing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pec major is tasked with adduction of the arm (movement in toward the body) and rotation of the arm forward, along with assisting other muscles in pulling the trunk up when your arms are above your head. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 7 Dec. 2022 The sternal head also assists in shoulder adduction. David Otey, Men's Health, 6 Dec. 2022 In this case, shoulder adduction—or moving your arm inward across your body—is the main function of your pec muscles. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 27 Oct. 2022 This do-it-all band acts as a hip abductor (helping with movement away from the body), assists with hip adduction (movement toward the body), and stabilizes the knee while running. Outside Online, 20 Dec. 2016 That way, your main focus can be on the movement that will grow your chest, adduction, rather than the stress your joints face under load. Men's Health, 6 June 2022 One of the main functions of the chest is adduction, or driving your arms to the midline of your torso to squeeze the pecs. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 2 June 2022 The key for all those moves, of course, is chest adduction. Men's Health, 6 June 2022 The training plan involves one workout a week, typically including six exercises on Nautilus One machines: chest press, pulldown, leg press, abdominal flexion, back extension, and either hip adduction or abduction. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English adduccioun "act of conveying," borrowed from Medieval Latin adductiōn-, adductiō, going back to Late Latin, "attraction, contraction," from Latin addūcere "to lead or bring (to a place)," + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at adduce

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adduction was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Adduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


ad·​duc·​tion ə-ˈdək-shən, a- How to pronounce adduction (audio)
: the action of adducting : the state of being adducted

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