One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Slide the blade into the oyster along the underside of the top shell, cutting the adductor muscle to release the oyster.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Any 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).’
- ‘Subjects were asked to name any medicines they took specifically for hip adductor pain.’
- ‘Keep them aligned over the second toe of each foot to maintain the proper balance of tension between your adductors and abductors.’
- ‘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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