adductor

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noun ad·duc·tor \-ˈdək-tər\

Definition of adductor

  1. 1 :  a muscle that draws a part toward the median line of the body or toward the axis of an extremity

  2. 2 :  a muscle that closes the valves of a bivalve mollusk

Origin and Etymology of adductor

New Latin, from Latin, one that draws to, from adducere


First Known Use: 1615


Medical Dictionary

adductor

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noun ad·duc·tor \-ˈdək-tər\

Medical Definition of adductor

  1. 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 longusb:  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 brevisc:  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. 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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