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 (ə-dŭkt′, ă-dŭkt′)
tr.v. ad·duct·ed, ad·duct·ing, ad·ducts Physiology
To draw inward toward the median axis of the body or toward an adjacent part or limb.
n. Chemistry
A chemical compound that forms from the addition of two or more substances.

[Back-formation from adductor.]

ad·duc′tion n.
ad·duc′tive adj.
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of a nature that leads towards a change
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Adj.1.adductive - especially of musclesadductive - especially of muscles; bringing together or drawing toward the midline of the body or toward an adjacent part
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
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(That has to do with vertical "pop cultural-ness" and horizontal adductive general knowledge.)
After he lost his child, he had complaints such as adductive, forgetfulness, sleeplessness, not enjoying the life, but there was increase in the behaviour of the patient who did not have any treatment during that time.
I would suggest that--according to studies by Christian Herbst--a part of the difference between the two types of falsetto is caused by different degrees of adduction of the vocal folds, how much the arytenoid cartilages are brought together; the vocal folds are more adductive for the stage falsetto and that might be considered a "reinforcement." Also, greater pressures below the vocal folds, such as the subglottic pressures, might contribute here.
Specifically, VCP will be resulting from recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury that can cause impairment of both abductive and adductive functions of the vocal folds [22], and electrical pacing will be delivered on vocalis muscles with EMG feedback signals from the ipsilateral CT muscle, which is supplied by the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) and remains unaffected when RLN is injured, and can continue generating EMG signals that can be used for pacing purposes [1,23].
This condition was probably associated with the infection by the fungus Ostracoblabe implexa, and may include complete disarticulation of the adductor muscle from its valve, to compromise the adductive predation defenses of affected oysters (Bower et al.