[ verb uh-duhkt; noun ad-uhkt ]
/ verb əˈdʌkt; noun ˈæd ʌkt /

verb (used with object)

Physiology. to move or draw toward the axis of the body or one of its parts (opposed to abduct).


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


ad·duc·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for adductive

/ (əˈdʌkt) /

verb (tr)

(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

Derived forms of adduct

adduction, noun

Word Origin for adduct

C19: from Latin addūcere; see adduce
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Medicine definitions for adductive

[ ə-dŭkt, ă-dŭkt ]


To draw inward toward the median axis of the body or toward an adjacent part or limb.

Other words from adduct

ad•duction•ductive adj.
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