descending

adjective
de·scend·ing | \ˈdē-ˌsen-diŋ, di-ˈ \

Medical Definition of descending 

1 : moving or directed downward descending infection from the kidneyTherapeutic Notes

2 : being a nerve, nerve fiber, or nerve tract that carries nerve impulses in a direction away from the central nervous system : efferent, motor the descending branch of a nerve

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