adductor

noun ad·duc·tor \ -ˈdək-tər \
Updated on: 6 Jan 2018

Definition of adductor

1 : a muscle that draws a part toward the median line of the body or toward the axis of an extremity
2 : a muscle that closes the valves of a bivalve mollusk

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Origin and Etymology of adductor

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Late Latin, "conductor," from Latin addūcere "to lead or bring (to a place)" + -tor, agent suffix — more at adduce


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adductor

noun ad·duc·tor \ -ˈdək-tər \

medical Definition of adductor

1 : any of three powerful triangular muscles that contribute to the adduction of the human thigh:
a : one arising from the superior ramus of the pubis and inserted into the middle third of the linea aspera called also adductor longus
b : one arising from the inferior ramus of the pubis and inserted into the iliopectineal line and the upper part of the linea aspera called also adductor brevis
c : one arising from the inferior ramus of the pubis and the ischium and inserted behind the first two into the linea aspera called also adductor magnus
2 : any of several muscles other than the adductors of the thigh that draw a part toward the median line of the body or toward the axis of an extremity

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