• (RP) IPA: /əbˈdʌk.ʃn̩/
  • (America) IPA: /æbˈdʌk.ʃn̩/, /æbˈdək.ʃn̩/, /əbˈdək.ʃn̩/
  • (anatomy sense) (for emphasis and disambiguation from adduction) IPA: /ˈeɪ.ˈbiː.dʌk.ʃn̩/


  1. Leading away; a carrying away. [Early 17th century.]
  2. (anatomy) 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.]
    • 2013, Jain, MD, MSPH; Wilcox, PT; Katz, MD, MS; Higgins, MD, "Clinical Examination of the Rotator Cuff", PM&R Journal, retrieved from PubMed Central ↗ on 21 Jan 2018.
      Abduction is performed by asking the patient to raise the arm at the side as high as they can with the examiner stabilizing the scapula by holding it down.
  3. (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. [Late 17th century.]
  4. The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. [Mid 18th century.]
    the abduction of a child
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