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abducent

[ ab-doo-suhnt, -dyoo- ]
/ æbˈdu sənt, -ˈdyu- /
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adjective Physiology.
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

abducent
/ (æbˈdjuːsənt) /

adjective
(of a muscle) abducting

Word Origin for abducent

C18: from Latin abdūcent-, abdūcens leading away, from abdūcere, from ab- away + dūcere to lead, carry
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Medical definitions for abducent

abducent
[ ăb-dōōsənt ]

adj.
Abducting; drawing away.
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