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[ab-duhkt] /æbˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).
Origin of abduct
1825-35; < Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce
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unabducted, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap
(of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body Compare adduct
Derived Forms
abductor, noun
Word Origin
C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away
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Word Origin and History for abduct

"to kidnap," 1834, probably a back-formation from abduction; cf. abduce. Related: Abducted; abducting.

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abduct in Medicine

abduct ab·duct (āb-dŭkt')
v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.

ab·duc'tion n.
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