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deferent1

[def-er-uh nt] /ˈdɛf ər ənt/
adjective
1.
marked by or showing deference:
She was always deferent to her elders.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; defer2 + -ent

deferent2

[def-er-uh nt] /ˈdɛf ər ənt/
adjective, Anatomy
1.
conveying away; efferent.
2.
of or relating to the vas deferens.
noun
3.
Astronomy. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin dēferent- (stem of dēferēns), present participle of dēferre. See defer2, -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for deferent

deferent1

/ˈdɛfərənt/
adjective
1.
another word for deferential

deferent2

/ˈdɛfərənt/
adjective
1.
(esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent
noun
2.
(astronomy) (in the Ptolemaic system) a circle centred on the earth around which the centre of the epicycle was thought to move
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēferre; see defer²
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Word Origin and History for deferent
adj.

1620s, from French déférent (16c.), from Latin deferentem (nominative deferens), present participle of deferre "to carry down or away" (see defer (v.2)). Earlier in Middle English as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).

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deferent in Medicine

deferent def·er·ent (děf'ər-ənt, děf'rənt)
adj.
Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.

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