• WordNet 3.6
    • n adductor a muscle that draws a body part toward the median line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adductor (Anat) A muscle which draws a limb or part of the body toward the middle line of the body, or closes extended parts of the body; -- opposed to abductor; as, the adductor of the eye, which turns the eye toward the nose. "In the bivalve shells, the muscles which close the values of the shell are called adductor muscles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adductor adductors (-torz) or adductores (ad-uk-tō′ rēz). In anatomy and zoology, that which adducts; specifically, the name of several muscles which draw certain parts to or toward one common center or median line: the opposite of abductor. The word is also applied to various muscles not specifically so named; thus, the internal rectus of the eye is an adductor of the eyeball. The muscles which close the shells of bivalves are generically termed adductors. See cuts under Lamellibranchiata, Waldheimia, and Productidæ.
    • adductor Of or pertaining to an adductor; having the function of adducting; adducent: as, the adductor muscles of the thigh: opposed to abductor.
    • adductor In malacology, the muscles which draw together or close the valves in bivalve mollusks. See cut under Waldheimia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adductor ad-dukt′ur a muscle which draws one part towards another.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. adducere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Abductor.


In literature:

This results in paralysis of the adductors of the thigh if sufficient injury is done.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
It has been observed chiefly in the adductor longus.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Other cases are the adductor muscles of shelled crustacea.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Vertical slit exit in adductor region.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Adductor mandibulae: the muscle that draws in or closes the mandible.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
T. The adductor longus muscle.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The mark of the bite was there between the adductor tendons.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Finally there is evidence for an adductor between the temporal and masseter masses.
"The Adductor Muscles of the Jaw In Some Primitive Reptiles" by Richard C. Fox
In Ibla alone, it passes exteriorly to, and over the adductor scutorum muscle.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The animal possesses two nearly equal adductor muscles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
He has a big muscle called an adductor that closes his shell.
"To Choke an Ocean" by Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
It is an adductor of the arm.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
Rigidity of the adductors of the thighs.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various

In news:

A survey of current practices of physicians who treat adductor spasmodic dysphonia in the U.S. May 1, 2009 by Christopher Y Chang, MD, Peter Chabot, PhD, and Christopher M Walz, MD.
Shani Davis of Chicago has a small tear of an adductor muscle in his right leg, according to his mother.
Two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis of Chicago has a small tear of an adductor muscle in his right leg, according to his mother.