afferent

[af-er-uhnt] Physiology.
adjective
1.
bringing to or leading toward an organ or part, as a nerve or arteriole (opposed to efferent ).
noun
2.
a nerve carrying a message toward the central nervous system.

Origin:
1830–40; < Latin afferent- (stem of afferēns, present participle of afferre), equivalent to af- af- + fer- (stem of ferre to carry) + -ent- -ent

afferently, adverb

afferent, efferent.
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afferent (ˈæfərənt)
 
adj
Compare efferent bringing or directing inwards to a part or an organ of the body, esp towards the brain or spinal cord
 
[C19: from Latin afferre to carry to, from ad- to + ferre to carry]

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afferent af·fer·ent (āf'ər-ənt)
adj.
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   (āf'ər-ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
So far as known there are no sympathetic afferent fibers connected with the nerve.
These afferent systems differ dramatically in their connectivity.
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