abduct

[ab-duhkt]

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).

Nearby words

  1. abducens,
  2. abducens nerve,
  3. abducens oculi,
  4. abducent,
  5. abducent nerve,
  6. abductee,
  7. abduction,
  8. abductor,
  9. abductor muscle of big toe,
  10. abductor muscle of little finger

Origin of abduct

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

Related formsun·ab·duct·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abduct

abduct

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 Formsabductor, noun

Word Origin for abduct

C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away

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Word Origin and History for abduct

abduct

v.

"to kidnap," 1834, probably a back-formation from abduction; cf. abduce. Related: Abducted; abducting.

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Medicine definitions for abduct

abduct

[ăb-dŭkt]

v.

To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
Related formsab•duction n.


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