[verb uh-duhkt; noun ad-uhkt]
- Physiology. to move or draw toward the axis of the body or one of its parts (opposed to abduct).
Origin of adduct
1830–40; < Latin adductus drawn to, past participle of addūcere; see adduce
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Examples from the Web for adduct
And yet, in the cat and the dog, it is also able to adduct the first metacarpal bone.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
Contraction of the anterior pterygoid when the jaw was in this position pulled the mandible forward and did not adduct it.
Could flex, extend, and adduct and abduct the wrist; some power of flexion in index finger, in others none.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
- (of a muscle) to draw or pull (a leg, arm, etc) towards the median axis of the bodyCompare abduct (def. 2)
- chem a compound formed by direct combination of two or more different compounds or elements
C19: from Latin addūcere; see adduce
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- To draw inward toward the median axis of the body or toward an adjacent part or limb.
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