Definitions for afferentˈæf ər ənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sensory nerve, afferent nerve, afferent(adj)

    a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system

  2. afferent(adj)

    of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS

    "afferent nerves"; "afferent impulses"


  1. afferent(Noun)

    An afferent structure or connection

  2. afferent(Adjective)

    Carrying towards.

    An afferent nerve carries impulses from the body to the brain.

  3. Origin: From adferens, present participle of adferre, from ad + ferre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afferent(adj)

    bearing or conducting inwards to a part or organ; -- opposed to efferent; as, afferent vessels; afferent nerves, which convey sensations from the external organs to the brain

  2. Origin: [L. afferens, p. pr. of afferre; ad + ferre to bear.]


  1. Afferent

    Afferent is an anatomical term with the following meanings: ⁕Conveying towards a center, for example the afferent arterioles conveying blood towards the Bowman's capsule in the kidney. Opposite to Efferent. ⁕Something that so conducts, see Afferent nerve fiber ⁕Afferent lymphatic vessels

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