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ˈæf ər əntaf·fer·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sensory nerve, afferent nerve, afferentadjective

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

  2. afferentadjective

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

    "afferent nerves"; "afferent impulses"


  1. afferentnoun

    An afferent structure or connection

  2. afferentadjective

    Carrying towards.

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

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


  1. afferent

    In biological context, afferent refers to conducting or conveying towards a center or specific organ in the body. It typically refers to nerves, vessels, or pathways that carry sensory information from peripheral or exterior areas of the body to the brain or spinal cord. The term is used in contrast to efferent, which refers to conduction away from a central point.

  2. afferent

    Afferent refers to conducting or conveying towards a particular location, organ or structure within the body, typically in context of nerves that carry sensory information towards the brain or central nervous system. It is the opposite of efferent, which refers to conduction away from a location or organ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afferentadjective

    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. Etymology: [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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afferent

    af′fėr-ent, adj. (anat.) bringing to, applied to the nerves that convey sensations to the nerve centres. [L. afferensad, to, and ferre, to carry.]


  1. Afferent

    carrying inwardly or toward the centre.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afferent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afferent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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