The term adductor muscle
can have several meanings:
- in a broad sense, any muscle that causes adduction can be called an adductor muscle. For example in biology, the muscle or muscles in the interior of a bivalve mollusk which serve to close the valves are called adductor muscles, and the large foot to shell muscle in gastropods such as the abalone and limpet is also known as an adductor muscle.
- the term commonly refers to the adductor muscles of the hip.