afferent

adjective
af·​fer·​ent | \ ˈa-fə-rənt How to pronounce afferent (audio) , -ˌfer-ənt, -ˌfe-rənt \

Definition of afferent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

afferent

noun

Definition of afferent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from afferent

Adjective

afferently adverb

Examples of afferent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When a touch stimulates the C-tactile afferent, the body releases the hormone oxytocin, which regulates good moods. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of afferent

Adjective

1828, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afferent

Adjective

borrowed from French afférent, borrowed from Latin afferent-, afferens, present participle of afferre "to bring along or with," from ad- ad- + ferre "to carry" — more at bear entry 2

Noun

derivative of afferent entry 1

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The first known use of afferent was in 1828

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“Afferent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afferent. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for afferent

afferent

adjective
af·​fer·​ent | \ ˈaf-ə-rənt How to pronounce afferent (audio) , -ˌer-ənt How to pronounce afferent (audio) \

Medical Definition of afferent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bearing or conducting inward specifically : conveying impulses toward the central nervous system — compare efferent entry 1

Other Words from afferent

afferently adverb

afferent

noun

Medical Definition of afferent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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