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).