Abduction vs. Adduction

By Jaxson

  • Adduction

    Motion, the process of movement, is described using specific anatomical terms. Motion includes movement of organs, joints, limbs, and specific sections of the body. The terminology used describes this motion according to its direction relative to the anatomical position of the joints. Anatomists use a unified set of terms to describe most of the movements, although other, more specialized terms are necessary for describing the uniqueness of the movements such as those of the hands, feet, and eyes.

    In general, motion is classified according to the anatomical plane it occurs in. Flexion and extension are examples of angular motions, in which two axes of a joint are brought closer together or moved further apart. Rotational motion may occur at other joints, for example the shoulder, and are described as internal or external. Other terms, such as elevation and depression, describe movement above or below the horizontal plane. Many anatomical terms derive from Latin terms with the same meaning.

  • Abduction (noun)

    Leading away; a carrying away. Early 17th century.page=3

  • Abduction (noun)

    The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body. Mid 17th century.

  • Abduction (noun)

    A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. Late 17th century.

  • Abduction (noun)

    The carrying off of a human being. Mid 18th century.

    “the abduction of a child”

  • Adduction (noun)

    The act of adducing or bringing forward.

  • Adduction (noun)

    The action by which the parts of the body are drawn towards its axis; — opposed to abduction.


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