- No less an authority than Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "abduction" as (1) the action of abducting: the condition of being abducted (and) (2) the unlawful carrying away of a woman for marriage or intercourse. In medicine, the word "abduction" has an entirely different meaning. It refers to the movement of a limb sideways away from the midline of the body. Abduction of the legs serves to spread the legs. The opposite of abduction in this sense is adduction. Adduction of the legs brings the legs together. The word “abduction” comes from the Latin prefix “ab-“ meaning “away from” + “ducere” meaning “to draw or lead” = “to draw away from.”
* * *1. Movement of a body part away from the median plane (of the body, in the case of limbs; of the hand or foot, in the case of digits). 2. Monocular rotation (duction) of the eye toward the temple. 3. A position resulting from such movement. Cf.:adduction. [L. abductio]
* * *ab·duc·tion (ab-dukґshən) the act of abducting or state of being abducted.
Abduction of the fingers.
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