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[verb uh-duhkt; noun ad-uhkt] /verb əˈdʌkt; noun ˈæd ʌkt/
verb (used with object)
Physiology. to move or draw toward the axis of the body or one of its parts (opposed to abduct).
Also called addition compound. Chemistry. a combination of two or more independently stable compounds by means of van der Waals' forces, coordinate bonds, or covalent bonds.
Compare clathrate (def 2), inclusion complex.
Origin of adduct
1830-40; < Latin adductus drawn to, past participle of addūcere; see adduce
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adductive, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
(of a muscle) to draw or pull (a leg, arm, etc) towards the median axis of the body Compare abduct (sense 2)
(chem) a compound formed by direct combination of two or more different compounds or elements
Derived Forms
adduction, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin addūcere; see adduce
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adduct in Medicine

adduct ad·duct (ə-dŭkt', ā-dŭkt')
v. ad·duct·ed, ad·duct·ing, ad·ducts
To draw inward toward the median axis of the body or toward an adjacent part or limb.

ad·duc'tion n.
ad·duc'tive adj.
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