[ ab-duhkt ]
/ æbˈdʌkt /

verb (used with object)

to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).

Origin of abduct

1825–35; < Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce


un·ab·duct·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abduct

/ (æbˈdʌkt) /

verb (tr)

to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap
(of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the bodyCompare adduct

Derived forms of abduct

abductor, noun

Word Origin for abduct

C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away
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Medicine definitions for abduct

[ ăb-dŭkt ]


To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.

Other words from abduct

ab•duction n.
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