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;Related formsaf·fer·ent·ly, adverb
< Latin afferent-
(stem of afferēns,
present participle of afferre
), equivalent to af- af-
(stem of ferre
to carry) + -ent- -ent
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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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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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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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