Definition of Abductor

1. Noun. Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom).

Exact synonyms: Kidnaper, Kidnapper, Snatcher
Generic synonyms: Captor, Capturer, Criminal, Crook, Felon, Malefactor, Outlaw
Specialized synonyms: Crimp, Crimper, Seizer, Shanghaier
Derivative terms: Abduct, Kidnap, Kidnap, Snatch

2. Noun. A muscle that draws a body part away from the median line.

Definition of Abductor

1. n. One who abducts.

Definition of Abductor

1. Noun. One who abducts, a kidnapper. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) A muscle which serves to draw a part out, or form the median line of the body; as, the ''abductor oculi'', which draws the eye outward. ¹

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Definition of Abductor

1. an abducent muscle [n -ES or -S]

Medical Definition of Abductor

1. Muscles which move a portion of the body away from the midline such as raising the arm out from your side. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Abductor

abducent nerve
abductive reasoning
abductor (current term)
abductor digiti minimi muscle of foot
abductor digiti minimi muscle of hand
abductor hallucis
abductor muscle
abductor muscle of great toe
abductor muscle of little finger
abductor muscle of little toe
abductor oculi
abductor pollicis brevis
abductor pollicis longus

Literary usage of Abductor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"... digiti quinti proprius Supinator abductor pollicis longus Extensor pollicis brevis Extensor pollicis longus Extensor indicis proprius Transverse carpal ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The abductor pollicis moves the metacarpal bone of the thumb outward ... The abductor minimi digiti is situated on the ulnar border of the palm of the hand. ..."

3. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"Its use is to bring the forefinger I- wards the thumb. abductor ... POLLICIS, abductor pollici» longus. abductor MIN':MI Dio"m, ..."

4. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"M. abductor Hallucis.—The abductor hallucis takes origin from the medial aspect of the ... The abductor hallucis is supplied by the medial plantar nerve. ..."

5. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"This comprises four muscles : the long abductor of the arm, the short abductor ... To study tlie short abductor muscle, it is only necessary to cut the long ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"Total abductor palsy. Symptoms inconclusive ; little affection of voice or ... Unilateral abductor palsy. Cords normal in position and moving normally in ..."

7. The Anatomy of the Human Body by John Bell, Charles Bell (1802)
"The abductor FLEXOR, and ADDUCTOR POLLICIS, ... and lies betwixt the abductor and the ADDUCTOR : it lies immediately upon the ..."

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