Definition of adductor in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdʌktə/
(also adductor muscle)


1A muscle whose contraction moves a limb or other part of the body towards the midline of the body or towards another part. Compare with abductor.
Example sentences
  • The adductor muscle group is often a source of pain in these overuse syndromes.
  • Tenderness and a palpable mass were found at the adductor muscle insertion area.
  • Slide the blade into the oyster along the underside of the top shell, cutting the adductor muscle to release the oyster.
1.1Any of a number of specific muscles in the hand, foot, or thigh: [followed by Latin genitive]: adductor hallucis
More example sentences
  • Your upper hip muscles and adductors (inner thighs) get a challenging workout as well, from stabilizing your standing leg.
  • This also works the adductors (inner thigh, pulling muscle) and the abductors (outer thigh, pushing muscle).
  • As part of his strength regimen, he works his peroneal muscles (which run along the ankles) and his adductors (the muscles in your groin and inner thigh).


Early 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin adduct- 'brought in', from the verb adducere (see adduce).

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