efferent

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

Definition of efferent

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

efferent

noun

efferently

adverb

Origin and Etymology of efferent

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


Medical Dictionary

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efferent

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adjective ef·fer·ent \ ˈef-ə-rənt; ˈef-ˌer-ənt , ˈē-ˌfer- \

medical Definition of efferent

:conducting outward from a part or organ; specifically :conveying nerve impulses to an effector
  • efferent neurons
— compare afferent

efferently

adverb

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efferent

noun

medical Definition of efferent

:an efferent part (as a blood vessel or nerve fiber)


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