[verb uh-duhkt; noun ad-uhkt]
  1. Also called addition compound. Chemistry. a combination of two or more independently stable compounds by means of van der Waals' forces, coordinate bonds, or covalent bonds.Compare clathrate(def 2), inclusion complex.

Origin of adduct

1830–40; < Latin adductus drawn to, past participle of addūcere; see adduce
Related formsad·duc·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for adductive


verb (tr)
  1. (of a muscle) to draw or pull (a leg, arm, etc) towards the median axis of the bodyCompare abduct (def. 2)
  1. chem a compound formed by direct combination of two or more different compounds or elements
Derived Formsadduction, noun

Word Origin for adduct

C19: from Latin addūcere; see adduce
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adductive in Medicine


[ə-dŭkt, ă-dŭkt]
  1. To draw inward toward the median axis of the body or toward an adjacent part or limb.
Related formsad•duction•ductive adj.
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