AskDefine | Define adduction

Dictionary Definition

adduction n : (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body

User Contributed Dictionary



Compare French adduction. See Adduce.


  1. The act of adducing or bringing forward.
    • An adduction of facts gathered from various quarters. I. Taylor.
  2. The action by which the parts of the body are drawn towards its axis; -- opposed to abduction. Dunglison.

Extensive Definition

Adduction is a movement which brings a limb — arm or leg — closer to the sagittal plane of the body. It is opposed to abduction.
This term is also used in reference to the operation of the muscle in anatomy or musculature.


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adduction in Catalan: Adducció (anatomia)
adduction in German: Adduktion
adduction in Spanish: Aducción
adduction in French: Adduction
adduction in Italian: Adduzione (fisiologia)
adduction in Dutch: Adductie
adduction in Slovak: Addukcia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affinity, allurement, attractance, attraction, attractiveness, attractivity, capillarity, capillary attraction, centripetal force, drag, draw, gravitation, gravity, magnetism, mutual attraction, pull, pulling power, sympathy, traction, tug
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