abductor /əbˈdʌktə/


I. noun

1. a person who abducts another person.

she endured a two-hour ordeal at the hands of her abductors.
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.
3. any of a number of specific muscles in the hand, forearm, or foot

[followed by Latin genitive]

abductor pollicis.
– origin early 17th cent. (as a term in anatomy): modern Latin (see abduct).

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