adductor

noun
ad·​duc·​tor | \ ə-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce adductor (audio) , a-\

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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And these banded gliding lateral lunges do just that, working pretty much every major muscle from your waist down, including your inner thighs (hip adductors), outer things (hip abductors) and glutes, as well as your quads and core. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 Goodrum has been diagnosed with an adductor strain and will be sidelined for up to two weeks. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Niko Goodrum has adductor strain, leaving him in tough situation," 27 Mar. 2019 But really, any imbalance in muscles of the lower extremity—quads, hamstrings, hip adductors, calves—can impact how your knees feel. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Great Lower-Body Exercises for People With Knee Pain," 5 Oct. 2018 Naby Keita is still a doubt after suffering a minor adductor strain during international duty. SI.com, "Sporting CP vs Liverpool Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 23 July 2019 Lunging laterally and diagonally also engages the hip adductor muscles (inner thighs), which are responsible for bringing your legs in toward the midline of your body. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 Denver was without forward Paul Millsap, sidelined by right ankle soreness, and the Nuggets were also missing Gary Harris (right adductor strain) and Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain). Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Pistons pour it on this time, rout Nuggets 129-103," 4 Feb. 2019 The second baseman ended up on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after experiencing tightness and fatigue in his left adductor. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Angels second baseman Kinsler put on 10-day DL," 1 Apr. 2018 Cristian Higuita, who has missed time with an adductor injury, trained with the club on Monday. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City left back Mohamed El-Munir comfortable with versatile role," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of adductor

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 How to pronounce adductor (audio) \

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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