adjective af·fer·ent \ˈa-fə-rənt, -ˌfer-ənt, -ˌfe-rənt\

Definition of AFFERENT

:  bearing or conducting inward; specifically :  conveying impulses toward the central nervous system — compare efferent
af·fer·ent·ly adverb

Origin of AFFERENT

Latin afferent-, afferens, present participle of afferre to bring to, from ad- + ferre to bear — more at bear
First Known Use: circa 1847

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor



Definition of AFFERENT

:  an afferent anatomical part (as a nerve)

First Known Use of AFFERENT


Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


Next Word in the Dictionary: affettuosoPrevious Word in the Dictionary: afferenceAll Words Near: afferent
March 29, 2015
discomfit Hear it
To thwart or disconcert
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears