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  • verb Present participle of adduct.

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  • adjective especially of muscles; bringing together or drawing toward the midline of the body or toward an adjacent part


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  • Causing the animal to trot on soft ground, step over high objects, flexing, extending, abducting and adducting the part may enable the examiner to locate the exact group of shoulder or arm muscles involved by the disease.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals R. A. Craig

  • When the arm is extended, the long head of the muscle may assist the Teres major and Latissimus dorsi in drawing the humerus backward and in adducting it to the thorax.

    IV. Myology. 7d. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Arm 1918

  • The oblique head of the Adductor hallucis is chiefly concerned in adducting the great toe toward the second one, but also assists in flexing this toe; the transverse head approximates all the toes and thus increases the curve of the transverse arch of the metatarsus.

    IV. Myology. 8e. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Foot 1918

  • On looking at the patient, the abnormal attitude may not be at once evident, as he usually restores the parallelism of the limbs by lowering the pelvis on the affected side and adducting the sound limb.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition. Alexander Miles 1893

  • -- Seize upon the foot, and forcibly adducting it, taking pains to flex the leg so as to relax the gastrocnemius muscle, and to give the part a gentle rocking motion.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital. 1863


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