Adductor Muscle

Adductor Muscle: Any muscle that causes adduction, (movement of a limb toward the midline of the body) is considered an adductor muscle.

The word “adductor” comes from the Latin prefix “ad” meaning “toward” + “ducere” meaning “to draw or lead” = “to draw toward.”

The prefix “ad-” has the opposite meaning to the prefix “ab-“.  An abductor muscle opposes an adductor muscle and vice-versa. Below is an illustration of other important muscles, tendons and nerves in the leg.

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