from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, inward toward the median axis of the body or of an extremity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- Of or pertaining to an adductor; having the function of adducting; adducent: as, the adductor muscles of the thigh: opposed to abductor.
- In malacology, the muscles which draw together or close the valves in bivalve mollusks. See cut under Waldheimia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a muscle that draws a body part toward the median line
New Latin, from Latin addūcere, adduct-, to bring to, contract; see adduce.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from adducere. (Wiktionary)