[ab-doo-suh nt, -dyoo-]
- drawing away, as by the action of a muscle; abducting.
Origin of abducent
First recorded in 1705–15, abducent is from the Latin word abdūcent- (stem of abdūcēns). See abducens
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- (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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1713, from Latin abducentem (nominative abducens), present participle of abducere "to lead away" (see abduction).
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- Abducting; drawing away.
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