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[af-er-uh nt] /ˈæf ər ənt/ Physiology
bringing to or leading toward an organ or part, as a nerve or arteriole (opposed to efferent).
a nerve carrying a message toward the central nervous system.
Origin of afferent
1830-40; < Latin afferent- (stem of afferēns, present participle of afferre), equivalent to af- af- + fer- (stem of ferre to carry) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
afferently, adverb
Can be confused
afferent, efferent. Unabridged
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bringing or directing inwards to a part or an organ of the body, esp towards the brain or spinal cord Compare efferent
Word Origin
C19: from Latin afferre to carry to, from ad- to + ferre to carry
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afferent in Medicine

afferent af·fer·ent (āf'ər-ənt)
Carrying inward to a central organ or section, as nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain or spinal cord. n.
An afferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.

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afferent in Science
Carrying sensory information toward a central organ or part, as a nerve that conducts impulses from the periphery of the body to the central nervous system. Compare efferent.
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