adductor

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

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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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 Slide your knife along the lid’s ceiling, disconnecting the adductor muscle. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Shuck an Oyster," 27 June 2018 Coach Jose Pekerman would not say when or if Aguilar might return during the tournament, but said the left adductor injury was not as serious as feared. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Colombia upend Senegal, advance to Round of 16," 28 June 2018 There is no obvious defect in the abdominal muscles and subtle tears of the hip adductor and flexor muscles can be missed. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Soccer player has pain in lower abdomen and groin - a sports hernia? | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Thames struck out in each of his first two at-bats before being lifted with a mild left adductor strain, and he was replaced at first base by Jesús Aguilar. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mets 3, Brewers 2: Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer wins it," 15 Apr. 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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