[af-er-uh nt]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.

Nearby words

  1. affective psychosis,
  2. affectively,
  3. affectivity,
  4. affectless,
  5. affenpinscher,
  6. afferent fiber,
  7. afferent glomerular arteriole,
  8. afferent nerve,
  9. afferent vessel,
  10. afferent-loop syndrome

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 formsaf·fer·ent·ly, adverb

Can be confusedafferent efferent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for afferent



bringing or directing inwards to a part or an organ of the body, esp towards the brain or spinal cordCompare efferent

Word Origin for afferent

C19: from Latin afferre to carry to, from ad- to + ferre to carry

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Medicine definitions for afferent




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.


An afferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.

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Science definitions for afferent



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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