[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.

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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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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afferent in Medicine




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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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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