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abduce

[ab-doos, -dyoos] /æbˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), abduced, abducing. Physiology
1.
to draw or take away; abduct.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin abdūcere, equivalent to ab- ab- + dūcere to lead
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v.

"to draw away" by persuasion, 1530s, from Latin abductus, past participle of abducere "to lead away" (see abduction). Related: Abduced; abducing.

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abduce in Medicine

abduce ab·duce (āb-dōōs', -dyōōs')
v. ab·duced, ab·duc·ing, ab·duc·es
To abduct.

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