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 Thomas measured the adductor muscles of the inner thigh but did not touch the groin area, MacDonald said. Fox News, 12 Nov. 2021 In other injury news, defensive linemen Arik Armstead (adductor) and Javon Kinlaw (knee) and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee) are questionable but are expected to play. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 Nevas, one of the world’s top goalkeepers, strained an adductor muscle and was replaced by Leonel Moreiera at the start of the second half. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Nevas, one of the world’s top goalkeepers, strained an adductor muscle and was replaced by Leonel Moreiera at the start of the second half. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Nevas, one of the world’s top goalkeepers, strained an adductor muscle and was replaced by Leonel Moreiera at the start of the second half. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Jake Arrieta departed his start at St. Louis with a right adductor groin strain after facing six batters ... BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Rabil has undergone two surgical operations on his foot, one on his abdomen, and one on his adductor muscle. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Before making his Magic debut on Friday against the Pacers, Harris hadn’t played since Feb. 17 because of a strained left adductor. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adductor. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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