[ 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).
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Origin of adduct
1830–40; < Latin adductus drawn to, past participle of addūcere; see adduce
OTHER WORDS FROM adductad·duc·tive, adjective
Words nearby adduct
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British Dictionary definitions for adductive
/ (əˈdʌkt) /
(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 adductadduction, noun
Word Origin for adduct
C19: from Latin addūcere; see adduce
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Medical 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 adductad•duc′tion n.ad•duc′tive adj.
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