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  1. a person who abducts.
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Origin of abductor1

First recorded in 1840–50; abduct + -or2


  1. any muscle that abducts (opposed to adductor).
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Origin of abductor2

From New Latin, dating back to 1605–15; see origin at abduce, -tor
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  • The little girl was very slender, yet her abductor staggered as he walked.

    Madge Morton's Victory

    Amy D.V. Chalmers

  • He overtook my abductor in the forest, and, though unarmed, at once attacked him.

  • Of themselves they knew they could not let or hinder the abductor in its flight.

    The Castaways

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • The other abductor scrambled forward to get out of his reach.

  • He wanted to call the police and have them lock up the abductor of his daughter.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

abductor in Medicine


  1. A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, away from the midline of the body or of an extremity.
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abductor in Science


  1. A muscle that draws a limb or part of a limb away from the midline of the body. Compare adductor.
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