1

afferent

play
adjective af·fer·ent \ ˈa-fə-rənt , -ˌfer-ənt , -ˌfe-rənt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of afferent

:bearing or conducting inward; specifically :conveying impulses toward the central nervous system — compare efferent

afferently

adverb

Origin and Etymology of afferent

Latin afferent-, afferens, present participle of afferre to bring to, from ad- + ferre to bear — more at bear

Other Physiology Terms


2

afferent

noun

Definition of afferent

:an afferent vessel (as a blood or lymphatic vessel) or nerve

First Known Use of afferent

1949


Medical Dictionary

1

afferent

play
adjective af·fer·ent \ ˈaf-ə-rənt , -ˌer-ənt \

medical Definition of afferent

:bearing or conducting inward; specifically :conveying impulses toward the central nervous system — compare efferent

afferently

adverb

2

afferent

noun

medical Definition of afferent

:an afferent anatomical part (as a nerve)
  • the effect on the hypothalamus of afferents from the stomach


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up afferent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!