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

Examples of adductor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 Unlike oysters, some clams, and mussels, only a portion of the mollusk—the adductor muscle—is eaten once the shell is open. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 The Celtics also listed rookie guard Romeo Langford, who made an 81-second cameo in Game 2 before being injured, as out with a strained right adductor. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Celtics' Gordon Hayward (ankle) upgraded to questionable for Saturday; Iguodala (back) probable for Heat," 18 Sep. 2020 Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford got first-quarter minutes after not playing in Game 1, but Langford left after about a minute with an adductor strain. Tim Reynolds, courant.com, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Adductor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adductor. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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