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[ab-duhk-ter] /æbˈdʌk tər/
a person who abducts.
Origin of abductor1
First recorded in 1840-50; abduct + -or2


[ab-duhk-ter] /æbˈdʌk tər/
any muscle that abducts (opposed to adductor).
From New Latin, dating back to 1605-15; See origin at abduce, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The little girl was very slender, yet her abductor staggered as he walked.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • He overtook my abductor in the forest, and, though unarmed, at once attacked him.

  • Of themselves they knew they could not let or hinder the abductor in its flight.

    The Castaways Captain Mayne Reid
  • The other abductor scrambled forward to get out of his reach.

  • He wanted to call the police and have them lock up the abductor of his daughter.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Gentlemen, we must rescue the lady and we must punish the abductor.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
abductor in Medicine

abductor ab·duc·tor (āb-dŭk'tər)
A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, away from the midline of the body or of an extremity.

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Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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abductor in Science
A muscle that draws a limb or part of a limb away from the midline of the body. Compare adductor.
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