There are 2 main definitions of adduct in English:

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adduct 1

Pronunciation: /əˈdʌkt/


[with object]
(Of a muscle) move (a limb or other part of the body) towards the midline of the body or towards another part: the main function of pectorals is to adduct the arms The opposite of abduct.
More example sentences
  • Then, isometrically contract the pectoral muscle, attempting to adduct the arm.
  • Two possible effective responses would have been to flex the knee on the side of the higher foot, or to have adducted one leg and abducted the other.
  • Is it the oblique eye muscles or the superior or inferior recti that adduct the eye?



Pronunciation: /əˈdʌkʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Abduction and adduction are best tested with the patient supine and the examiner providing resistance against the medial and lateral side of the knee.
  • Any asymmetry in adduction, abduction, flexion, extension, external rotation, and internal rotation should be noted.
  • Current prosthetic designs try to reproduce flexion and extension, abduction and adduction, and rotation about the long axis of the femur.


Mid 19th century: back-formation from late Middle English adduction, from late Latin adductio(n-) 'bringing forward', from the verb adducere 'bring in' (see adduce).

Words that rhyme with adduct

abduct, conduct, construct, destruct, duct, instruct, misconduct, obstruct
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There are 2 main definitions of adduct in English:

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adduct 2

Pronunciation: /ˈadʌkt/


The product of an addition reaction between two compounds: a stable, covalent adduct of enzyme and substrate DNA results
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  • Under these irradiation conditions, another major class of oxidative damage occurs, namely the formation of covalent protein-DNA adducts.
  • In rat liver, it has been shown that tamoxifen forms covalent DNA adducts, implying a genotoxic mechanism for its carcinogenicity in this tissue.
  • Moreover, some photoactivable compounds can also produce bulky adducts.


1940s: from German Addukt (blend of Addition and Produkt).

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