Definition of abductor in English:


Line breaks: ab|duct¦or
Pronunciation: /əbˈdʌktə


  • 1A person who abducts another person: she endured a two-hour ordeal at the hands of her abductors
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    • They even voted to allow child abductors, thieves, and bomb hoaxers to remain as refugees.
    • To me, he will always be a dirty thief and a ruthless abductor!
    • Authorities are following up on the report and have yet to determine if the abductors are pirates or terrorists.
  • 2 (also abductor muscle) Anatomy A muscle whose contraction moves a limb or part away from the midline of the body, or from another part. Compare with adductor.
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    • She is recovering from a torn abductor muscle in her thigh.
    • He missed the last couple of matches due to a slight tear in his abductor muscle.
    • This exercise engages spinal extensors, hamstrings, abductors and stabilizers.
  • 2.1Any of a number of specific muscles in the hand, forearm, or foot: [followed by Latin genitive]: abductor pollicis
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    • The tears are most likely to the thenar muscles (i.e., opponens pollicis, abductor pollicis brevis and possibly the adductor pollicis).
    • I had a look around on the internet this evening for some muscle diagrams and it seems I have a painful abductors pollicis longus.
    • The abductor hallucis muscle is the largest and most superficial of the intrinsic great toe muscles lying on the medial border of the sole.


early 17th century (as a term in anatomy): modern Latin (see abduct).

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