Definition of adductor in English:



(also adductor muscle)
  • 1Anatomy
    A muscle whose contraction moves a limb or other part of the body toward the midline of the body or toward another part.

    Compare with abductor

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Bilateral thigh pain or weakness with atrophy of the iliopsoas, quadriceps, and adductor muscles also may be present.’
    • ‘While the quads, hamstrings and glutes work hard in both versions, the abductors and adductors help stabilize the body when your balance is challenged.’
    1. 1.1Any of a number of specific muscles in the hand, foot, or thigh.
      followed by Latin genitive ‘adductor hallucis’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Keep them aligned over the second toe of each foot to maintain the proper balance of tension between your adductors and abductors.’
      • ‘Subjects were asked to name any medicines they took specifically for hip adductor pain.’





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