abductor

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abductor

[ab′dək·tər]
(physiology)
Any muscle that draws a part of the body or an extremity away from the body axis.
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A review of the anatomy of the hip abductor muscles, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia lata.
There is a discussion if this circumstance could compromise the function of the abductor muscles and cause limping.
The idea is that during level walking the hip abductor muscles of the stance leg contract to control the slight lowering of the contralateral pelvis.