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abductor

 [ab-duk´ter]
that which abducts; see also anatomic Table of Muscles in the Appendices.

abductor (muscle)

[TA]
muscle that causes movement away from the median plane of body, axis of middle finger, or axis of second toe, or in the case of the thumb, anterior to the plane of the palm.
Synonym(s): musculus abductor [TA], abductor

abductor

(ăb-dŭk′tər)
n.
1. One, such as a kidnapper, who abducts.
2. Anatomy A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, away from the midline of the body or of an extremity.

abductor

[abduk′tər]
Etymology: L, abducere
a muscle that draws a body part away from the midline or axis of the body, or one part from another. Compare adductor.

abductor

A muscle that pulls an extremity away from the midline.

ab·duc·tor

(ab-dŭk'tŏr)
A muscle that draws a part away from the median plane, or, in the case of the digits, away from the normal axis of the middle finger or the second toe.

abductor

or

levator

any muscle that moves a limb away from the body An example of an abductor is the abductor pollicis, which moves the thumb outward. Compare ADDUCTOR.

abductor

muscle drawing a part away from the sagittal plane; therefore abductor action of intrinsic foot muscles is described in relation to the sagittal plane of the foot

abductor

that which abducts.
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