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[ab-doo-suh nt, -dyoo-]
adjective Physiology.
  1. drawing away, as by the action of a muscle; abducting.
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Origin of abducent

First recorded in 1705–15, abducent is from the Latin word abdūcent- (stem of abdūcēns). See abducens
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British Dictionary definitions for abducent


  1. (of a muscle) abducting
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Word Origin for abducent

C18: from Latin abdūcent-, abdūcens leading away, from abdūcere, from ab- away + dūcere to lead, carry
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Word Origin and History for abducent


1713, from Latin abducentem (nominative abducens), present participle of abducere "to lead away" (see abduction).

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abducent in Medicine


  1. Abducting; drawing away.
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