• WordNet 3.6
    • n adduction (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Adduction The act of adducing or bringing forward. "An adduction of facts gathered from various quarters."
    • Adduction (Physiol) The action by which the parts of the body are drawn towards its axis]; -- opposed to abduction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adduction The act of adducing or bringing forward something as evidence in support of a contention or an argument.
    • n adduction In physiology, the action of the adductor or adducent muscles.
    • n adduction In surgery, the adducent action of a surgeon upon a limb or other member of the body; the position of a part which is the result of such action: the opposite of abduction. In either use, adduction consists in bringing a limb to or toward the long axis of the body, so that it shall be parallel therewith or with its fellow; or in bringing together two or several similar parts, as the spread fingers of the human hand, the opened shells of a bivalve mollusk, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adduction the act of adducing or bringing forward: the movement by which a part of the body is drawn forward by muscles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. adduction,. See Adduce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adducĕread, to, and duc˘ere, to bring.


In literature:

Flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, rotation, circumduction, pronation, supination, and the lateral movements.
"The Legacy of Cain" by Wilkie Collins
There are three sorts of adduction, three sorts of abduction, and three sorts of normal direction.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
Adduction and abduction movements of the fingers are lost.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Forced abduction favours the displacement to the ulnar side; adduction to the radial side.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Conversely, during closure, the jaw must be pulled forward to complete full adduction.
"The Adductor Muscles of the Jaw In Some Primitive Reptiles" by Richard C. Fox
Thus, adduction of both vocal cords is excited from the cortex of either hemisphere.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
Of the movements performed by the humerus, flexion and extension are the most extensive; those of abduction and adduction are much less so.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer

In news:

Arytenoid adduction (stitches to move the vocal cord toward the middle of the airway), injections of collagen, or gel foam.
That's because one of the functions of the pectorals is to adduct the arms—or bring them toward the midline of the body—and this function isn't required during a regular bench press.
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In science:

This method was used to evaluate the Ab both to leading and to subleading order — roughly speaking — to order n ln n as well as n, where n is the plasma number density (made dimensionless by the adduction of suitable parameters).
Charged Particle Motion in a Plasma: Electron-Ion Energy Partition