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efferent

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adjective ef·fer·ent \ˈe-fər-ənt, -ˌfer-, ˈē-\

Definition of efferent

  1. :  conducting outward from a part or organ; specifically :  conveying nervous impulses to an effector <efferent neurons> — compare afferent

efferent noun
ef·fer·ent·ly adverb


Origin of efferent

French efférent, from Latin efferent-, efferens, present participle of efferre to carry outward, from ex- + ferre to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: 1856


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