This is the act of moving a limb away from the midline of the body. Abduction motions include swinging the hands from the side of the body up to the shoulder or even higher. Also, raising the arms laterally to the sides and moving the knees away from the midline are other examples of abduction. The opposite of abduct is adduct.
Usage in Sentence:
“Abduction of the arm was limited due to pain.”
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Radial deviation is a type of wrist abduction which involves the wrist, moving the hand away from the body at the wrist when that arm is at the person’s side.