: conducting outward from a part or organ
specifically : conveying nervous impulses to an effector
efferent neurons
compare afferent
efferent noun
efferently adverb

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of efferent was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Efferent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/efferent. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

efferent

adjective
ef·​fer·​ent ˈef-ə-rənt How to pronounce efferent (audio) ˈef-ˌer-ənt How to pronounce efferent (audio)
ˈē-ˌfer-
: conducting outward from a part or organ
especially : conveying nerve impulses to an effector
efferent nerve fibers

Medical Definition

efferent

1 of 2 adjective
: conducting outward from a part or organ
specifically : conveying nerve impulses to an effector
efferent neurons
compare afferent entry 1
efferently adverb

efferent

2 of 2 noun
: an efferent part (as a blood vessel or nerve fiber)

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